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guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
hairy-handed prawn

Caridina propinqua
Family Atyidae

3-4 cm

These prawns can be very common in back mangroves, especially in pools. They are filter or detrital feeders, with their tiny pincers fringed with long hairs for this purpose.
close up of gravid prawn in water
Caridina propinqua
female carrying eggs

diagram of pincer showing hairy portion
The hairy-handed pincer of
Caridina propinqua
These tiny prawns are very important in the food chain, and both adults and juveniles of this prawn can be found in mangroves.

A similar looking prawn sometimes found with Caridina is the Tigger prawn (Potamalpheops tigger, Family Alpheidae) which was only described in the 1990s. This prawn, however, is distinctively striped (versus plain coloured) and is actually more closely related to snapping prawns.

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From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre