Orange-fingered Yabby

Cherax depressus


Orange-fingered Yabby, Cherax depressus

Length to 90 mm. Rostrum short, triangular, and lacking well-developed spines. Claws broad; underside of palms lack hairs near base of fixed fingers. Fingertips are characteristically orange. Body brown or bluish-green.

Habitat & range

Most common species. Adults are typically semi-aquatic in gullies, temporary pools and shallow creeks with limited flow. Burrows near waterline. Also common in farm dams.


Strong burrower; can survive drought periods by burrowing deep down to water table.

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