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Questions over rare crab found in river

DISCOVERY: The two-tone mud crab caught in Proserpine River that was found this week.
DISCOVERY: The two-tone mud crab caught in Proserpine River that was found this week. Fisheries Queensland

A RECENT photo of a two-tone mud crab caught in the Proserpine River on Monday has sparked a question amongst local fisherman - what is it?

Fisheries Queensland posted the picture of the white clawed, brown crab on their Twitter page.

A Fisheries spokesperson said even they did not know a lot about the crabs and that they were "rare but not unheard of".

They described the condition as a form of albinism or an "albino crab".

Jeff Johnson, a senior collection manager of Ichthyology at the Queensland Museum said while it was unusual, fisherman should not be afraid to eat crabs like this.

"This is the common species of mud crab, just with an unusual colouration to some parts of he body. The cause of the unusual pigmentation is unknown, however there should be no problem with edibility," he said.

Grant Spees from Whitsunday Fishing World said it was definitely different to anything he'd seen.

"In 13 years I've never seen one," he said.

"I wouldn't eat one (but) I guess it would taste normal."

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