Eric and Aaron,
This post is mainly for these two guys but anyone with any knowledge or that lives in Hawaii is more than welcome to post!
So a couple of years ago I bought some "ghost shrimp" or "feeder shrimp" from one of the local pet stores. I bought them mainly as food for my cichlids and to throw in my planted tanks for the hell of it. After observing them for a couple days in the planted tank some of them had turned from absolutely clear to dark brown. They also weren't behaving like detritivores, they were on the leaves of plants eating the algae. This got me thinking.
After reading info on various shrimp sites and seeing pictures of the true glass or ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus
) I realized that the body shape was completely different.
One day a few weeks ago I did a shearch for the Red Cherrie shrimp to see if it was on the list of importation into Hawaii (hawaii dept of Ag is pretty strict in what they allow into the state) and I came accross this article: Neocardina denticulata sinensis
So moral of the story is:
Here in hawaii we have this species, it lives in every freshwater habitat on this island at least and you can buy them in every local pet store for the price of 10-15 for $1.00!
Pretty cool huh?
So my question to the other Oahu natives if the shrimp species is here everywhere........why can't we have the cherry red variety and just claim that we got it from the local stream? HDOA can't do anything about it.......they are technicall and scientifically the same species!!!!!!!!