Cherax snowden

18. January 2021

The diversity of the crayfishes of New Guinea is hard to keep track of. Most difficult is the decision, whether a freshly imported form is a color variant of a long known species or a new species; because the color variance within the species is enormous.

Cherax snowden was known as Cherax sp. “Orange Tip” for quite some time before its scientific description. The orange tips of the claws are a good identifying feature of the species, except for the completely orange color variant that became known as “Irianto Red” (see

The Orange Tip is a very good crayfish to keep and breed in the aquarium. The only thing to know is that crayfish often have quite idiosyncratic ideas about how an aquarium should be set up and like to redecorate it. And they usually consider plants as food. But such trivialities one looks after these beauties with pleasure, isn’t it?

For our customers: the animals have code 481442 on our stockiest. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer