If you thought we'd discovered all the animals in the world, you're wrong.
See this majestic creature that looks like it stepped right off a Lisa Frank notebook?
It's a mysterious new species of freshwater crayfish called Cherax (Astaconephrops) pulcher.
This new discovery was officially identified by German scientist Christian Lukhaup just recently in a report published on ZooKeys.
Though these crustaceans have been passed around since the early 2000s, their origins remained unknown because of silent traders who didn't want to reveal their sources.
Lukhaup finally traced the marine animal's place of origin to Hoa Creek in Indonesia.
Unfortunately, the population of these spectacular sea creatures are decreasing with each passing year.
Lukhaup writes in his report: "As C. pulcher sp. n. is collected in large numbers for the global aquarium trade, as well as for food for the growing local population, the crayfish population will invariably be adversely impacted."
"Clearly, the continued collection of these crayfish for the trade is not a sustainable practice, and if the popularity of the species continues, a conservation management plan will have to be developed, including a captive breeding program," Lukhaup writes in his report.
Here's hoping the C. pulchers don't disappear before we really get to know them!
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