Celebrate science and take your "geek cred" to the next level with this first-of-its-kind, meticulously hand-drawn anatomical depiction of the Red Bee Shrimp!
To pay proper respect to this “first love” among shrimp keepers, we have researched the phenotype extensively. We believe this is the most accurate anatomical depiction of the Bee Shrimp available in the world today. Every detail of the Red Bee, right down to individual swimerets, has been painstakingly stippled, staying true to the method traditionally employed in anatomical and biological illustrations since the early 1900s.
Lovingly illustrated and designed in our small studio in Vancouver, Canada, our posters are printed in small batches on premium paper so that no detail is lost.
18” × 24” (45.75 × 60.96cm)
100 lb. text, Loop Silk Coated paper, noted for dense colour production and high environmental ratings.
Offset printed in Vancouver, Canada.
Please note that poster purchases do not include frames. Our prints are carefully rolled and shipped in protective plastic and cardboard packaging.
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About the Crystal Red, or Red Bee, Shrimp:
For many of us keepers, the Red Bee is the shrimp that ushered us into this wonderful and slightly eccentric aquatic hobby — in large part because it was the “discovery” of the vibrant Red Bee, among thousands of dull-coloured dwarf shrimp, that inspired Hisayasu Suzuki to launch, in 1991, the now global pastime of selectively breeding “ornamental shrimp” for specific aesthetic qualities.
We had first intended to entitle this poster "Anatomy of the C. Cantonensis," following the commonly used nomenclature within the hobby community. However, after further research, we learned that Tiger and Bee shrimp, which have been thought to be morphs under the common category of C. Cantonensis, are now considered separate species, as argued in a 2014 research paper published by German zoologists Werner Klotz and Thomas Von Rintelen. Their study named the Tiger Shrimp the Caridina Mariae and the Crystal Red/Black Shrimp the Caridina Logemanni, differentiating the species based on variations in colour, patterns, and other markings.
Though we find the expanding universe of knowledge and taxonomy around these shrimp fascinating (who wouldn’t?), we settled on the title that we think is the most timeless and affectionate: simply, “The Red Bee.”
Although we are confident that our posters are an accurate depiction of both the C. Mariae and C. Logemanni, we realize that few things are ever perfect! We would love to hear suggestions for how we can improve this tribute to our beloved Red Bee. Please send us your comments here!
“New Shrimp from Hong Kong and Southern China,” posted on Seriously Fish.
Werner Klotz and Thomas Von Rintelen, “To ‘bee’ or not to be—on some ornamental shrimp from Guangdong Province, Southern China and Hong Kong SAR, with descriptions of three new species,” in Zootaxa (2014). Abstract.
This forum discussion, on Der Wirbellotse.