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CHERAX REDCLAW CRAYFISH (Cherax quadricarinatus)

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Common name: Australian redclaw crayfish

Synonyms and Other Names: Queensland Redclaw Crayfish, Tropical Blue Crayfish, Freshwater Blueclaw Crayfish, North Queensland Yabby, Blue Lobster


Identification: Cherax quadricarinatus is a large bodied crayfish with a blue-green to green color with red and maroon highlights. Adult males have a soft, fleshy, bright red patch on the outer margin of the major chelae. This species also has four long and distinct carinae (ridges) on the dorsal surface of the cephalon (Coughran and Leckie 2007).


Size: Cherax quadricarinatus may reach a total length of about 250 mm and weigh up to 600 grams (Ahyong and Yeo 2007)

Native Range: Cherax quadricarinatus is native to Australia, and can be found in freshwater creeks and water bodies in tropical Queensland, the Northern Territory and southeastern Papua New Guinea (Coughran and Leckie 2007).