Classification: Special Concern
National Range: North Carolina endemic
NC Physiographic Region(s): piedmont and coastal plain
River Basin(s): Neuse (absent from piedmont), Tar-Pamlico
Adult Habitat: small to large streams; under cover; rock substrates; taken from areas when water was extremely low
Reproductive Season: wide range of spring and fall months
Species associates: C. diogenes, C. latimanus, C. sp.C, and P. acutus
Conservation status: state-listed as Special Concern in North Carolina (J.E. Cooper in Clamp 1999)
Identification references: Cooper and Cooper 1995; Cooper 1999; also see description written by J.E. Cooper in Clamp 1999
Illustration reference: Cooper and Cooper 1995
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Fig. 1. Orconectes (Procericambarus) carolinensis, new species (all from holotypic male, form I, except C, E, from morphotypic male, form II, and G, from allotypic female; setae not illustrated): A, lateral aspect of carapace; B, C, mesial aspect of gonopod (first pleopod); D, dorsal aspect of carapace; E, F, lateral aspect of gonopod; G, annulus ventralis and postannular sclerite; H, epistome; I, basal podomeres of third pereiopod; J, dorsal aspect of distal podomeres of cheliped; K, antennal scale; L, caudal aspect of in situ gonopods.
Credit NCWRC for all photos.