Invasive Species Compendium

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Abstract

Redclaw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus (von martens, 1868), widespread throughout Indonesia.

Abstract

The redclaw crayfish, Cherax quadricarinatus, is a freshwater crayfish native to north-eastern Australia and southern New Guinea. In 2016, the species was found for the first time west of the Wallace Line in Java, Indonesia and, based on climate matching, its further spread within Indonesian territory was predicted. In this study, surveys of selected localities within Indonesia were performed to examine the species occurrence. Redclaw crayfish were found throughout Indonesia, in numerous rivers, lakes, ponds and reservoirs in Batam and Bintan Islands (Riau Archipelago), Java, Kalimantan (Borneo), Sulawesi and Sumatra. Some stocks were apparently well established, providing a food source for local people and sustaining capture for pet trade purposes. Because there are no effective regulations of introductions and exploitation of this crayfish in Indonesia, its further spread to new localities is expected. Increased attention to this issue, especially regarding crayfish management and policy implementation, is urgently needed.