Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
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National Range: Known only from NC in the Linville River, where it occurs upstream and downstream of Linville Falls, and upper Watauga River systems (Thoma 2012)
NC Physiographic Region(s): Blue Ridge Mountains
River Basin(s): Catawba, Watauga
Adult Habitat: Streams with moderate gradient, with cobble, gravel, and boulder substrate, often with aquatic mosses, lacking excessive fine particle deposits or expanses of bedrock (Thoma 2012)
Reproductive Season: early spring and late fall
Species associates: C. asperimanus, C. robustus, C. sp. C. (acuminatus complex), O. virilis
Conservation status: Not protected
Identification references: Thoma 2005
Notes: most similar to C. sciotensis of the New River basin and C. bartonii.
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The following illustration is reproduced from:
Thoma, R.F. 2005.Cambarus (Cambarus) eeseeohensis (Decapoda: Cambaridae), a new species of crayfish from the Linville River of North Carolina and its bearing on understanding the evolution of the subgenus Cambarus. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 118(4): 794-802.
Fig. 1. Cambarus eeseeohensis. A, B, F, D, G, H, I, L, & M from holotype male, form I (OSUMC5913); C, E, J, & N from mophotype male form II (OSUMC 5915); and K fromallotype female (OSUMC 5914), A, E, F, mesial aspect of gonopod; G, epistome; H, basal podomeres of right second thru fifth pereopods; I, antennal scale; J, dorsal aspect of cephalic area of carapace; K, annulus ventralis;L, dorsal aspect of carapace; M, N, dorsal aspect of distal podomeres of cheliped.
Credit NCWRC for all photos.