Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: “Neuse and Pamlico river basins in the coastal plain of North Carolina” (Hobbs Jr. 1989)
NC Physiographic Region(s): northeastern coastal plain
River Basin(s): Neuse, Tar-Pamlico
Adult Habitat: “lentic and sluggish lotic situations” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); roadside ditches, ponds; “ditches with very sluggish tonil flow and sandy mud bottoms” (NHP ICAS 1999)
Reproductive Season: spring, early fall
Species associates: n/a
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 of Special Concern
Identification references: Cooper 1998, Hobbs Jr. 1989, Hobbs 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.