Purple Yabby – Cherax robustus
On a morning run along Carlo Road in about mid-May, Councillor Dan Stewart was surprised to see a purple pedestrian attempting to cross the road along the straight heading towards Carlo Point. Dan stopped for a quick photo before the little fellow turned and wandered back into the wallum.
Dan sought the opinion of an expert from the Department of Environment and Science (DES), and they advised that the freshwater crayfish was a Cherax robustus which are only found in wallum heathlands in coastal south east Queensland and its conservation status is listed as vulnerable. It is not to be confused with the Cherax dispar that is found in Searys Creek.
What a lovely little encounter to have on a morning run!
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