Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: “Patapsco Basin in Maryland southward to the Saluda drainage system in South Carolina”(Hobbs Jr. 1989; definition for C. acuminatus)
NC Physiographic Region(s): piedmont and coastal plain
River Basin(s): all piedmont plateau and coastal plain river basins except Pasquotank, Waccamaw, and appear to be absent from Chowan and White Oak as well
Adult Habitat: “streams” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); various, including rocky substrate in fast flow, but usuallymore often associated with detritus in slower flow
Reproductive Season: spring and fall (?)
Species associates: many
Conservation status: not protected
Identification references: Hobbs Jr. 1989, Hobbs Jr. 1991
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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.
Credit NCWRC for all photos.