Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rainforest yabby

This is a young Orange-fingered Yabby (Cherax wasselli) which we found just out of the water beside our local rainforest stream. They are semi-aquatic and burrow along the water line of creeks and water bodies. There are number of very similar species throughout eastern Queensland, however the group has not been studied well.

Most aquatic crustaceans can leave the water for periods of time as long as their gills (under the tail) remain moist.

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