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    I recently bought 3 more Cherry shrimps from my local lfs. I'm badly trying to have a male cherry shrimp since so far I have 8 female Cherries and I am cofused about another.
    I read previous posts in order to try and identify the shrimp myself but still couldn't tell for sure whether it is a male or a female. The saddle 'ovaries' seem to be small so I thought it might me the heart or some other organ. Need your opinion please.

    These 3 pictures are all of the same cherry shrimp. Is it a he or a she?




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    I think the male shrimp should looks more white and clear. Besides, it looks slimmer in shape.

    Below is the male shrimp:


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    It's a little hard to tell from the pics, but I would agree that it looks like you have a male there. Bit more red than most of mine but the body shape looks right.

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    I would also agree that it is a male. I have a few that are that red, and it is shapped like a male for sure!

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    Please check the Library on this site. It has a link about how to sex CRS; the principles are the same when it comes to body shape for male and females.

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    Please check the Library on this site. It has a link about how to sex CRS; the principles are the same when it comes to body shape for male and females.
    But isn't Cherry Red shrimp (aka Cherry shrimp or Red Cherry Shrimp or RCS) different from Crystal Red Shrimp (CRS)?

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    Although they are different species, the principles of sexing shrimp are the same for most, if not all, species, regardless of origin. Females are generally larger and have a carapace that hangs lower near the pleopods (swimmerettes) and has a convex shape, whereas the males have a more concave shape. Males seem skinnier. The sexing guide in the library is accurate and relevant to more than just CRS.

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    I'm actually havin the same problem on how to identify shrimps gender.

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    I find them almost impossible to identify if the shrimps are still young. The first thing I notice on my Cherry shrimps are the yellow saddles in the back/neck region of the female shrimps.....

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    This is true: ID'ing when they are young is virtually impossible. You have to wait till they are at least semi-adult for best identification.

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