Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: “Ontario and New York, to Illinois, and southward to Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. Its presence in New England east of the Hudson River is believed to have resulted from introductions…” (Hobbs Jr. 1989)
NC Physiographic Region(s): mountains
River Basin(s): French Broad, New, Watauga
Adult Habitat: “streams” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “pool and riffle areas of small to large strams, especially latter, under rocks” (Bouchard 1974)
Reproductive Season: extended?; spring, late summer/early fall
Species associates: C. (C.) bartonii, C. (C.) sp. A, C. (H.) chasmodactylus, C. (H.) longirostris, C. (P.) reburrus, O. (P.) cristavarius
Conservation status: not protected
Identification references: Hobbs Jr. 1989, Hobbs Jr. 1991, Jezerinac et al. 1995
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Illustrations are reproduced with the permission of the Smithsonian Institution Press. We are grateful to them for allowing us to provide this useful information with the other materials provided herein. We also wish to recognize the tremendous contribution to crayfish biology by the author/artist, the late Horton H. Hobbs Jr.
The following illustration is reproduced from:
Hobbs Jr., H. H. 1989. An illustrated checklist of the American crayfishes (Decapoda: Astacidae, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae). Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology, Number 480:1-236.
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