Caridina cantonensis, the bee shrimp, is a species of small freshwater shrimp in the family Atyidae. It is native to Taiwan.These shrimp are scavengers, and eat small pieces of decayed vegetation and algae.Bee shrimp have a life span of about 18 months. They enjoy a temperature in the 70 to 78 °F (21 to 26 °C) range.Many modern versions of bee shrimp are selectively bred for their characteristics.
Bee shrimp are in demand as aquarium pets. In Taiwan and other areas with suitable climates shrimp farms have sprung up to supply Bee shrimp,although they are more difficult to farm than other shrimp because their health depends on being raised in soft water that matches the pH of their native streams.
Shrimp breeders have given colourful names to the many other variants of the bee shrimp, which include the Princess Bee, Blue Bolt, Tangerine Tiger and Shadow Panda.