Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: “Tennessee basin in Alabama, southwestern Tennessee, and northwestern Georgia; Coosa Basin from its headwaters in Georgia to Chilton County, Alabama, and in headwaters of the Black Warrior River in Blount and Tuscaloosa counties, Alabama; Chattahoochee Basin from Walton and De Kalb counties, Georgia, to Russell County, Alabama; and in the upper Ocmulgee Basin in Georgia”(Hobbs Jr. 1989); “BlueRidge and Ridge and Valley provinces (southern portion of these two provinces), Tennessee” (Williams and Bivens 1996).
NC Physiographic Region(s): southwestern mountains
River Basin(s): Hiwassee (Nottely subdrainage)
Adult Habitat: “burrows and streams” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “primary burrower” (Williams and Bivens 1996); “primary burrower; [females and young] can be found in many places where water table is near the surface; pools and small creeks”(NHP ICAS 1999)
Reproductive Season: spring to summer
Species associates: no other species collected with this one
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 1981
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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.