Species group: Freshwater Invertebrates
Other common names: Orange Dwarf Cray; Mexican Dwarf Orange Crayfish; Mexican Dwarf Crayfish
Scientific name: Cambarellus patzcuarensis
The Orange Dwarf Crayfish is a small crayfish which is native to volcanic lakes in the northern part of the Mexico. However, the Cambarellus patzcuarensis found in the wild are typically brown, and the Cambarellus patzcuarensis found in the aquarium trade are a bright orange, and are believed to have been selectively bred in Germany for the hobby. Crayfish are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related. They breathe through feather-like gills and are found in bodies of water that do not freeze to the bottom; they are also mostly found in brooks and streams where there is fresh water running, and which have shelter against predators.
It has a body measuring 4–5 centimetres (1.6–2.0 in), including claws. Most specimens found in the wild are brown, sometimes with a gray or blue tint. Cambarellus patzcuarensis var. "Orange" (Mexican dwarf crayfish, sometimes Mexican dwarf orange crayfish) is an orange-coloured mutation often held in aquariums, but this form is rarely found in the wild.
Crayfish are scavengers, omnivores and detrivores and will eat whatever they find.
community freshwater tank, peaceful invertebrate, great addition
natural slowness, crayfish pellets, small brine shrimp, huge pincers, spiny exoskeleton
Adorable, Fun Mini Orange Lobster
My dwarf orange crayfish is beautiful with his orange coloring and always stands out in the aquarium. He's great at eating leftover food from the fish, but he also enjoys his own sinking pellet daily. He's very active and likes to climb all over the wood and plants in the tank. Sometimes he'll climb to the top of the tallest plant and jump off to zoom around the tank, it's hilarious. He's always kind to other tank inhabitants, but he'll come up to your finger at the glass and act like he wants to fight with you. He also moults his skin/shell occasionally which is cool to witness! Overall he's an awesome little guy and so enjoyable to have in the tank..
From BayleeCVT Jan 10 2019 4:05AM