Cockroach Crayfish (Aegla platensis)

In Cockroach Crayfish on September 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Now these guys are one of the coolest little freshwater inverts you can’t get! Actually they are imported from time to time, but usually only by places like Belowwater. I don’t think I’ve ever seen these in any of the LFS’s around here.

They’re very inquisitive by nature, not really shy, although they do like shelter. They eat anything and are readily sexable. I have read that they have been successfully bred in captivity.

I don’t have these anymore, but now that I’m looking at them, I want them again! Some of mine were baby blue! Please excuse the dirty glass and the small size of the pix… Took these pix a long time ago..

Aegla platensis - "Cockroach Crayfish"

Aegla front view - they have pretty thick claws.

Loved these guys! They had so much character!

Here's what they look like from underneath. Their tail wraps right up to cover the abdomen.

Very active little critters. Not really aggressive, and fun to watch!

A bucket of Aegla!


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