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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New Crayfish Discovered that's Red, White, and Blue!

There has been a new crayfish species discovered, and its really cool. Why? It's not an America, but it looks like one.

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.