There is a new species of crayfish that has been discovered in Indonesia and it looks amazing with it’s vividly violet shell and blue claws. Even though the crayfish is new to science the colourful crustacean has been very popular in the ornamental fish trade in Europe, North America and Asia for about a decade. The crayfish comes from the clear waters of Hoa Creek near the village Teminabuan in southern-central part of the Kepala Burung Peninsula of West Papua, Indonesia. Based on the shape the crayfish’s body and claws as well as the coloration of a dozen specimens from the wild and from aquariums the crayfish is described as a new species in the genus Cherax.
The crayfish has been described as one of the most beautiful crayfish and very striking, this species of crayfish is named Cherax pulcher and it comes from the Latin “pulcher” for beautiful. Cherax pulcher comes in at least two different colour forms of either white, blue and violet morph or a greenish-grey morph but both of them have blue and white claws. The male specimens grow to be between 3.3 to 3.8 inches long and the slightly shorter females range between 3.3 to 3.5 inches.
Sadly research documented on the crayfish reveals just how endangered they are, this is mainly because aquarium collectors are wanting these crayfish and people are actually supplying them which is killing off the already small population of the Cherax pulcher’s in the wild. This is a shame as they are beautiful creatures that have only recently been discovered and are already endangered. Aquarium collectors are not the only threat to the Cherax pulcher as many people across the island are found eating them, another threat to these crayfish is pollution which is why something needs to be done to ensure that these amazing creatures do not go extinct.