The crayfish has been named Cherax pulcher and has amazing red, white, and blue markings on it, over its whole body!
|The new crayfish Cherax pulcher|
image from the Mirror Online
Here's more on the crayfish from the Mirror Online:
"Independent German researcher, Christian Lukhaup, has for the first time described it as a new species and published findings in his journal, ZooKeys.
Despite knowing the colourful crustacean lived in the waters around West Papua, Indonesia, the 45-year-old former rock musician found it extremely difficult to pin down.
Christian, from Stuttgart, said: "It's really exciting to find something new, especially such a beautiful creature.
He added: 'I first found out about the pulcher over 10 years ago. A friend sent me a photo of it in 2003 and that was the first time I saw it. I found other live specimens in pet shops in Japan, but never had a chance to run any genetics.'
'Finally, after going out to Papua New Guinea myself, I ran tests and found out it was a completely new species.'
After first seeing the crayfish, Christian tried finding its exact location for more than a decade.
It proved especially elusive, as pet shop traders were particularly protective of its location.
After asking locals for information, he managed to track them down to a Hoa Creek inWest Papua."You can read the rest of the story here.
|image from the Mirror Online|
Just like the warm-blooded fish discovered recently, this crayfish, to me at least, shows that there are still many amazing animals that living in our world that we haven't "discovered" yet.