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Triops Triops cancriformis cancriformis Weibchencancriformis cancriformis (BOSC, 1801) Triops cancriformis cancriformis (BOSC, 1801) is the most commonly subspecies of the genus sold in shops. There is a good reason: the low price. The commercially offered Triops cancriformis cancriformis come from Germany, France or Austria. It is very easy to get eggs of them, because they were taken from the wild many years ago and were bred to thousands. They have no rarity value and can be bought for a favorable price.

Triops cancriformis cancriformis is the most common subspecies of Triops cancriformis. They are found in almost all parts of Europe and large parts of northern Asia. They always have the same physique: Westlicher Triops cancriformis cancriformis, schön zu sehen: die dunkle Farbe mit hellen SprenkelnA brawny Carapace very large endopodits and a short and thin tail with a long Furca. All together, all endopodits on the underside have a large surface, in comparison to other species. The rearmost pairs are sitting around in the middle of the tail and there are very wide, so that they protrude outside of the tail. To the front, the pairs are getting wider, and at the front pair of legs are two really huge and sharp claws.
They are used for digging and grabbing the prey. Because of the large endopodits it looks like a carpet under water when the Triops swims backstrocke.

Triops cancriformis from different areas only differ in one pont: It is the color. The western representatives are brown and speckled with light spots.They have very dark legs and light red esophargus.That is the color variation that is the most offered in trade.The further you go east, the more matt are the colors of Tc.c. Here they're are brighter and greenish. In rare cases the legs are blue. In Japan, which is the most eastern point where the species is found, you can see a special feature: Due to an genetic defect some of Tcc have a pigment disorder which prevents the to color. Because Triops have red blood they color crimson. This color variation is called Beni-Kabuto ebi, it can be red or yellowish-white. Both variations are offered rarely and at high prices on the internet and are considered to be a kind of insider tip.

Weibchen aus der VogelperspektiveThe behavior of Triops cancriformis cancriformis is very calm. Because of the slow metabolism the Triops' movements are slowed also. The most of time Triops cancriformis cancriformis is digging in sand or is sitting on the bottom. Rarely it is swimming around. Little or ill ones are not spared.
All in all Triops cancriformis cancriformis is easy to breed because an adult Triops c.c. is able to live with high temperature fluctuations. So they can live between 16°C and 29°C. Only younger Triops could die at a temperature fluctuations by 1°C. So the hatching might be a litle dificult.