Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range:"New River drainage system in northwestern North Carolina and Virginia, and the Blue Stone and Greenbrier basins in eastern West Virginia" (Hobbs Jr. 1989)
NC Physiographic Region(s): northwestern mountains
River Basin(s): New (New-Kanawha endemic)
Adult Habitat: "rocky streams" (Hobbs Jr. 1989); "preferred habitat is under and between rocks in unsilted, cool, swiftly moving streams with rocky riffle areas away from the shore, often in larger, turbulent streams" (NHP ICAS 1999); clear lotic systems; rivers and large streams; under rocks (larger crayfish under larger rocks) or in leaf litter in deeper pools
Reproductive Season: fall through spring (like C. longulus) (?)
Species associates: C. bartonii, C. robustus, O.cristavarius, others (like C (C.) sp. A)?
Conservation status: placed on North Carolina Watch List (W.F. Adams and J.E. Cooper in Clamp 1999); considered by Taylor et al. (1996) to be currently stable throughout its range
Identification references: Hobbs Jr. 1989, Hobbs Jr. 1991, Jezerinac et al. 1995
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