Kyabram Free Press

New yabby named

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A new species of yabby has been officially identified and named.

But it’s been a long process identifyin­g the new species after an exoskeleto­n belonging to a larger freshwater crayfish variety was discovered in Lake Nillahcoot­ie between Benalla and Mansfield in 1993.

Tarmo Raadik from the Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmen­tal Research along with Robert Mccormack from Australian Aquatic Biological also discovered the species existed in the Barmah Forest area, which they were able to link with the Lake Nillahcoot­ie find.

The new species is called Cherax latimanus and is commonly known as the swamp yabby.

It can be found in clay soil burrows in the Goulburn-broken and Ovens River catchments.

Cherax latimanus differs from a common yabby with its larger and wider claws and a spine that grows out on top of its eyes.

 ??  ?? New species: The swamp yabby is distinguis­hed from its more common cousin by its larger claws.
New species: The swamp yabby is distinguis­hed from its more common cousin by its larger claws.

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