Friday, February 16, 2018

Marbled Crayfish For Freaky Friday...!

What makes this critter so unusual is the fact that it seems to be a new comer to the system.

If you happen to come across one, do yourself a BIG favor and don't eat it! Who knows what the results could be! Pretty scary thought!

Marbled Crayfish

Photo credit: Ranja Andriantsoa

The most interesting thing about the marbled crayfish isn’t that it reproduces itself asexually; it’s that the species didn’t exist until sometime in the late 1990s. It only exists now thanks to a single mutation in a parent species that resulted in the speciation of a brand-new type of crayfish. These little critters are rather beautiful and have made their way into the pet market in Germany, but that presented a small problem: Marbled crayfish clone themselves by the hundreds!

A single female marbled crayfish can lay hundreds of eggs at one time, so people who place one into an aquarium soon find themselves in possession of more than they can handle. As a result, the species has become invasive all over the world, with especially damaging effects in places like Madagascar, where millions of clones threaten native wildlife. They have been compared to Star Trek ’s tribbles, which reproduce uncontrollably, and while they are interesting, they represent a dangerous threat to a number of ecosystems.

I wouldn't eat a mudbug if ya paid me, so there is nothing for me to worry about. Plus, I don't have an aquarium to put one of these critters in!

Coffee out on the patio this morning. Mid 70s are predicted.


Momlady said...

Weird, definitely weird. Mother Nature puzzling us once more.

linda m said...

That is weird. Sure hope it wasn't genetically engineered by some idiot. Since I don't have an aquarium I'm not worried about getting one. And neither do I eat crayfish. Have a great weekend.

JO said...

Well just what we need another creepy thing that can breed on it's own by the hundreds.

Internet was down until just a few minutes ago. So I came right over here. Ready yesterdays post what a fool. You know he had to have been on some kind of drugs.

Your patio sounds wonderful. It rained here steady for 2 days we sure needed it and they say we will see more. Not going to complain that's for sure.

Gorges Smythe said...

IF you like shrimp, you'll LOVE mudbugs. If you don't, you won't. Seems to me like eating them is the best revenge.

HermitJim said...

Hey Momlady...
She sure can create some mind boggling puzzles.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Don't know where it came from and I really don't care. Too strange for me to mess with.
Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Jo...
Glad you are finally getting some rain! Enjoy it while you can.
Thanks for dropping by today, dear!

Hey Gorges...
You are probably right about the best revenge thing. Still, I don't want to eat one!
I appreciate the visit this morning!