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National Range: “southern Ontario and Michigan to Kentucky and Tennessee; presumably introduced in one or more of the following: New England, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wisconsin” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “well established in the Clinch, Holston, and Nolichucky river systems… also... Tellico River (Little Tennessee River system) in Monroe County and … Clear Fork Cumberland River (Cumberland River system) in Campbell County: (Williams and Bivens 1996).
NC Physiographic Region(s): western piedmont
River Basin(s): Broad (Broad River below Lake Lure; see Fullerton and Watson 2001 for exact localities) and Catawba
Adult Habitat: “streams, ponds, and lakes” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “occurs under rocks and in leaf litter, from pool and riffe situations… in limestone streams” (Bouchard 1974)
Reproductive Season: extended?
Species associates: C (C.) bartonii, C. (P.) sp. C, C. sp. cf. howardi.
Conservation status: Nonindigenous (non-native) Species in North Carolina
Identification references: Hobbs Jr. 1989, Jezerinac et al. 1995
Crayfish Regulations (PDF)
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.