Classification: Nongame Fish - Crustacean
National Range: “Coosa, Tennessee, and Kanawha (?) river systems in Alabama, Georgia, eastern Tennessee, Virginia (?), and West Virginia (?)…[limits of range undermined]” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “Tennessee and Coosa systems” (Bouchard 1974); “Highland Rim, Blue Ridge, and Ridge and Valley provinces, Tennessee…”(Williams and Bivens 1996)
NC Physiographic Region(s): western mountains
River Basin(s): Little Tennessee (Cheoah River drainage)
Adult Habitat: “streams” (Hobbs Jr. 1989); “springs and small to medium sized streams under rocks or in leaf litter…prefers streams flowing over limestone deposits” (Bouchard 1974)
Reproductive Season: n/a
Species associates: C. bartonii
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 Jr. 1989, Hobbs 1991, Jezerinac et al. 1995
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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.