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Scientists Name New Crayfish Species After Edward Snowden

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Scientists declared a previously misclassified crayfish as a unique species and named it after Edward Snowden. Scientists have determined that a colorful Indonesian crayfish has been mistakenly confused for similar creatures and remedied the situation by declaring it a unique species with a new name.  They’ve chosen to call the crustacean Cherax snowden, a nod to Edward Snowden, the former US government contractor who leaked secret NSA information. Said the German researchers, "He is honored due to his extraordinary achievements in defense of justice, and freedom." The crayfish is highly sought after in many places due to its green shell and stunning orange-tipped tail and claws. Many acquire the creature for aquarium decorating purposes, though they are also purchased as food.  The popularity isn’t necessarily a good thing. Despite the new designation, their populations may already be at high risk due to overcollection and, thus, are in need of protective measures.