Crayfish with rare colours sets B1m record

Crayfish with rare colours sets B1m record

'Chao Khun Chang', an ornamental Procambarus Clarkii Ghost crayfish with rare colours, was sold for a record 1 million baht on Tuesday. (Facebook photos/Kanokphum Siriwat)
'Chao Khun Chang', an ornamental Procambarus Clarkii Ghost crayfish with rare colours, was sold for a record 1 million baht on Tuesday. (Facebook photos/Kanokphum Siriwat)

A 28-year-old crayfish breeder in Nakhon Pathom has sold a live ornamental crayfish for 1 million baht to a businessman, setting a record for the local breeding trade.

Kanokphum Siriwat, owner of the Ban Pa Crayfish Clarkii Ghost farm in Nakhon Pathom’s Kamphaeng Saen district, on Monday sold Chao Khun Chang, the ornamental Procambarus Clarkii Ghost crayfish, to Prathan Lianpanich, owner of an Isan food restaurant in the same district.

Chao Khun Chang is a six-month-old freshwater crustacean with unique and eye-catching brownish red colours. The breed was developed by Mr Kanokphum, who has tried to create his own signature in the coloration.

Mr Kanokphum said he had turned down Mr Prathan twice over the past three months when the restaurateur offered him 100,000 and then 500,000 baht.

He decided to sell it after Mr Prathan, who is a crayfish lover, proposed 1 million baht before the Lunar New Year. 

The prices of ornamental crayfish start at 100 baht each and the maximum prices were 100,000 or 200,000 baht.

Mr Kanokphum said he gave Mr Prathan a female breeder called Sida and their 300 babies. Each baby Ghost crayfish could be sold at 2,000 baht.  

Mr Prathan said Chao Khun Chang was very rare and he was impressed by its unique colours and marking. He planned to breed Chao Khun Chang and Sida. He believes the little crayfish would bring good fortune to his restaurant business.


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