Along with T. longicaudatus, and L. apus, this is the most widespread and common of the triops. Next to T. longicaudatus, it is the most studied. It also shares the honor of being considered a rice crop pest with T. longicaudatus. Notable in that it is probably the “proto-triops” from which all the others have evolved in the past 200 or so million years, it is also the oldest known living species of any animal.
- Triops cancriformis cancriformis
- Triops cancriformis mauretanicus
- Triops cancriformis simplex
- South Africa
- India (?)
- Czech Republic
- Maltese Islands
Temporary fresh or brackish waters
Minimum Temp: 10°C (50°F) Maximum Temp: 28°C (82°F)
32 – 35; 4 – 9 apodous
48 – 57
Furca generally long
Bisexual (often female biased), hermaphroditic, and unisexual
Approximately 100 days. Usually half that in a Aquarium.