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    Default Do I have a lobster or crayfish?


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    I have looked online, and found a few differences. However, one thing would lead me to think that I have a lobster; the other point, a crayfish.

    Here is what I read:
    1. lobsters are saltwater, crayfish are freshwater (my creature is in freshwater, so that leads me to think that it is a crayfish)
    2. lobsters will eat their own skin after molting, crayfish won't (mine did)

    Are either of these relevent? Or are there other differentia?
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    you have a crayfish. Crawfish or Crawdad if you prefer. Scientifically speaking there are no freshwater lobsters. However, lots of crayfish are sold with trade names that have the word "lobster" in them. It's just a marketing gimmick. It's just like there are lots of freshwater fish that are called "sharks", like rainbow sharks or bala sharks... but they're not actual sharks.
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    +1...

    if you look here:

    http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...41&pcatid=1641

    you'll see in the description that even this blue 'lobster' is actually a crayfish. As far as the conflicting observations and information, I'm not sure since I've had any nor known anyone to have any.

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    Thank You Homemadepopcorn. I took a look at that attachment, what a Neat looking Crayfish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prr
    I have looked online, and found a few differences. However, one thing would lead me to think that I have a lobster; the other point, a crayfish.

    Here is what I read:
    1. lobsters are saltwater, crayfish are freshwater (my creature is in freshwater, so that leads me to think that it is a crayfish)
    2. lobsters will eat their own skin after molting, crayfish won't (mine did)

    Are either of these relevent? Or are there other differentia?
    #2 is wrong. All crustaceans will eat molted skin, even if it's from another creature.
    I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
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    I may be a bit late on this but you're welcome Old Marine.

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