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Old 02-23-2014, 10:13 PM   #1
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What is the scientific name for a Harlequin lobster?


After lunch, we stopped by the local flagship PetCo to check out their 50% sale. Obviously they were looted off all their GOOD plants, nothing really left, but they had some unidentified shrimps, mid grade cherry shrimps & also had a harlequin lobster in stock.

What do you guys know about this thing? Scientific name if possible?

I can't find any real information on it & only this U-Tube video shows the same species of crustacean I saw today.



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Old 02-24-2014, 03:45 AM   #2
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Is it cherax destructor?
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:02 AM   #3
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WOW, that is Awesome!
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those look awesome I WISH MY PETCO CARRIED THEM
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I can't say for sure, but I believe it's a procambarus clarkii that has been bred for that color morph. I've seen similar to it on a previous post, but can't remember off the top of my head who had it. From what I remember it's been bred in Asia.

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Looking at the pics again, it's probably not a clarkii but probably something along that line.
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Did a bit more digging and here's a pic of what I was thinking at first:

This one is P clarkii

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That's certainly a beautiful crawdad, Bandit!

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Default Thanks for the replies, but not sure if it's a mudbug

If the store had that "ghost 2 toned" variation I would have bought it on the spot without even knowing the care requirements.

Here's a link to the "ghost" if anyone else is wondering where Bandit found that photo.

http://www.aquarienkrebse.de/procamb..._twocolor.html

Other than that YouTube vid, there is no REAL information on the specimen I saw at the store. The 2 most knowledgeable employees both shrugged their shoulders when I asked about it. Neither of them have seen it before. The Harlequin lobster that was in the critter keeper seemed very aggressive as most crays/lobsters are. Not sure if I would want to keep a lobster & have to decorate the tank with just rocks & probably floating plants that they cant reach.

The biggest question I had was what is the predicted size when it's fully grown?
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Probably 10 inches or so, there was an LFS here that kept an electric blue crayfish for 6 years just to show people how big they would get before they bought the cute little blue ones. It grew to fill the bottom of a 10 gallon and was ugly as sin.
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And this is fresh water? Send me a dozen!

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Did a bit more digging and here's a pic of what I was thinking at first:

This one is P clarkii

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