Common Name: Reticulate Crayfish
Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: Eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, western North Carolina, northern Alabama, and northwestern Georgia (Hobbs 1981)
NC Physiographic Region(s): Blue Ridge Mountains/Valley and Ridge boundary zone
River Basin(s): French Broad
Distribution: Madison County
Adult Habitat: Creeks and rivers with moderate current and rocky substrata where it occurs under rocks and in leaf litter (Hobbs 1981)
Reproductive Season: spring and fall; extended?
Species associates: C. (C.) latimanus, C. (C.) bartonii, C. (H.) longirostris, C. (L.) acanthura, O. forceps
Conservation status: not protected
Identification references: Hobbs 1981, Fitzpatrick 1967
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The following illustration is reproduced from:
Hobbs, H. H., Jr. 1981. The crayfishes of Georgia.Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 318:1-549.
Figure 109 -- Orconecies erichsonianus (from tributary to Chickamauga Creek 0.5 mi N of St Rte 143 on Rte 341, Walker Co; all from first form male except c, d, from second form male, and k, from female): a, lateral view of carapace; b, c, mesial view of first pleopod; d, e, lateral view of first pleopod; f, antennal scale; g, dorsal view of carapace; h, dorsal view of distal podomeres of cheliped; i, epistome; j, proximal podomeres of third, fourth, and fifth pereiopods; k, annulus ventralis; l, caudal view of first pleopods.
Credit: TWRA-Carl Williams