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New ‘Galaxy’ Crayfish Discovered In Indonesia Has A Nebula On Its Shell
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Animals, Science7 years ago

New ‘Galaxy’ Crayfish Discovered In Indonesia Has A Nebula On Its Shell

A German scientist recently discovered what is possibly the most beautiful crayfish in the world – Cherax pulcher. This little freshwater cousin of the shrimp and lobster, native to Indonesia, has a vividly colorful shell that looks like a cosmic nebula or a tropical sunset.

This beautiful crayfish’s discovery by Christian Lukhaup came with an ironic twist – the pet trade industry has actually known about and traded this species for years, but knew nothing about it other than where it can be found. Lukhaup began his search when he saw a photo of it, eventually tracking it down to Hoa Creek in the Indonesian part of New Guinea.

Unfortunately, the study in which Lukhaup first described the creature also details how threatened it is by aquarium collectors. “The continued collection of these crayfish for the trade is not a sustainable practice, and if the popularity of the species continues, a conservation management plan will have to be developed,” he writes.

More info: Zookeys | crayfishworld.com | Facebook (h/t: washingtonpost)

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TeaBerries
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7 years ago

No, it just bought a pair of those galaxy pants in size crayfish.

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

Ahahahah! I was just thinking it reminded me of my galaxy leggings! :P

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CozyCabinClothing
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7 years ago

Incredible! Gosh how lucky are we to share this earth with such uniquely wonderful creatures!

LeopardHorse56
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7 years ago

You couldn't have said it better... And what did these animals do wrong to share a world with us...? *sighs* it's very beautiful tho....

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TeaBerries
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7 years ago

No, it just bought a pair of those galaxy pants in size crayfish.

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago

Ahahahah! I was just thinking it reminded me of my galaxy leggings! :P

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CozyCabinClothing
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7 years ago

Incredible! Gosh how lucky are we to share this earth with such uniquely wonderful creatures!

LeopardHorse56
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7 years ago

You couldn't have said it better... And what did these animals do wrong to share a world with us...? *sighs* it's very beautiful tho....

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