Paratya australiensis Click to enlarge image
Freshwater Shrimp, Paratya australiensis Image: Jiri Lochman/Lochman Transparenc
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australiensis
    Genus
    Paratya
    Family
    Atyidae
    Suborder
    Pleocyemata
    Infraorder
    Caridea
    Order
    Decapoda
    Superorder
    Eucarida
    Class
    Malacostraca
    Subphylum
    Crustacea
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    7 cm

Introduction

Paratya australiensis is the most widespread freshwater shrimp in eastern Australia.

Identification

This small, translucent species is often mistaken as the young of a yabbie.

Habitat

The Freshwater Shrimp lives in freshwater creeks and streams.

Distribution

The Freshwater Shrimp is found in Central Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Other behaviours and adaptations

The Freshwater Shrimp is common in Sydney's freshwater creeks and streams, and is an important food source for many fishes and the Platypus.