Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: The Catawba and Saluda river basins of North and South Carolina (Cooper and Price 2010)
NC Physiographic Region(s): Piedmont Plateau
River Basin(s): Catawba
Distribution: Upper Piedmont and Foothills, Burke and Caldwell counties.
Adult Habitat: Found under, or near, rock outcroppings (Cooper and Price 2010)
Reproductive Season: unknown; Form I males seen in June and July.
Species associates: P. (O.) acutus, C. (D.) latimanus, C. (C.) cf. howardi, C. sp. C
Conservation status: not protected
Identification references: Cooper and Price 2010
Notes: “Morphologically,it is most similar to C. (P.) hobbsorumand C. (P.) hystricosus” (Cooper and Price 2010). First known occurrence in North Carolina wasdiscovered in Johns River sub-basin in 2012.
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The following illustration is reproduced from:
Cooper, J.E., and J.E. Price. 2010. A new spinose crayfish of the genus Cambarus, subgenus Puncticambarus (Decapoda: Cambaridae), from South Carolina. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.123(4):335-344.
Fig. 1. Cambarus (Puncticambarus) aldermanorum. All from holotypic male, form I (NCSM 26535), except B, C, from morphotypic male, form II (NCSM 26536), and I, from allotypic female (NCSM 26537). A, Lateral aspect of carapace; B, E, Mesial aspect of left gonopod (first pleopod); C, F, Lateral aspect of left gonopod; D, Dorsal aspect of carapace; G, Caudal aspect of in situ gonopods; H, Epistome; I, Annulus ventralis and postannular sclerite; J, Dorsal aspect of right antennal scale; K, Dorsal aspect of distal podomeres of right cheliped. Setae not illustrated. Scale lines 5 2 mm.
Credit NCWRC for all photos.