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Jimmy2shoes
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Cloned crayfish accidentally created in an aquarium are conquering the world

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Over the last few decades, the planet has been at the mercy of a ten-legged, many-clawed crustacean ravenously creating a clone army bent on world domination. No, it isn’t an interplanetary interloper or the result of an uncontained government experiment. This is biology gone wrong, or if you happen to be a marbled crayfish, biology gone horribly right.

Today, the freshwater marbled crayfish populates various ecosystems across Asia, Europe, and Africa, and they all trace back to a single genetically identical individual born less than three decades ago. Their precise population numbers are unknown, but there are an estimated 23,000 living in a single small lake in Germany, which measures less than a tenth of a square kilometer, so it stands to reason there are a lot of them.




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Despite its unusual origin and asexual reproductive strategy, it has succeeded in gaining a clawhold all over the world. While it hasn’t yet appeared in the wilds of the United States, some areas are taking preventative action, naming them as prohibited, even in the aquarium trade where they have become popular.

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It’s a worthwhile strategy. Once they find their way into an ecosystem, there’s likely no stopping them. A single individual can lay 700 eggs, all copies of itself, and they can survive drought conditions by burrowing into the ground and migrate over land. All the while, they outcompete and reduce the numbers of endemic species.

Let’s just hope the marbled crayfish never sets its sights on humanity. If they do, we may never be able to stop them.



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bad93ex
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crayfish


wtf is this?


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Willie Stroker
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And yet prices will still go up.


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mattz1122
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Jizzy08
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Crayfish price about to go up


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LSUJML
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Looks like it would boil just fine



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DemonKA3268
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cable
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What the hell would you do with one of these in an aquarium if they can lay 700 eggs - what do they do with the ones hatch hatch?


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fr33manator
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Someone get a pot


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Korkstand
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there are an estimated 23,000 living in a single small lake in Germany
Send them bawensteins some traps and seasoning and a few links to some youtube videos.


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VolsOut4Harambe
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crayfish


Downvoted


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Evolved Simian
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They look tasty.



Kentucker
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Am I allowed to say, “First you make a roux,” or is that reserved for true Cajuns?


cable
Member since Oct 2018
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If you can eat them and they taste good I don't see the problem. Imagine what these things would do to crawfish prices.


dbeck
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Time to start tying "marble craw" color flippin' jigs and selling them.


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504Voodoo
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First you make a...


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OysterPoBoy
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A couple of dry or wet summers and a bad or mild winter will set those little SOBs back a notch.


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fr33manator
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If you can eat them and they taste good I don't see the problem. Imagine what these things would do to crawfish prices.


Invasive species.


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NPComb
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Challenge accepted


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Joshjrn
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Am I allowed to say, “First you make a roux,” or is that reserved for true Cajuns?


The only prerequisite for being able to say it is being able to make it


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