Species group: Freshwater Invertebrates
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Scientific name: Cherax cainii
Smooth Marron are one of the largest freshwater crustaceans in the world, and are native to deep pools in clear flowing rivers in southwestern Australia. It has also been introduced to other areas of Australia, and to other nations including China, Japan, South Africa and the United States, where it is considered an invasive species. The Smooth Marron is a popular commercial crustacean which is prized for fishing and eating.
A cobalt blue variety is also farm raised for the aquarium trade. Cherax cainiirange in color from solid black, striped, red-brown and even a cobalt blue – an uncommon natural variation which is now a popular farm-raised variety for aquariums.