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Louisiana red crayfish
Procambarus clarkii (Girard)

Overview

Description
Adults of Procambarus clarkii are typically dark red in color. Juveniles are often more grey. The claws are narrow and long and often covered in tubercles. The areola, which runs along the carapace is extremely narrow and is not separated by a space. The rostrum (crown-like structure above the eyes) is deeply excavated and has lateral spine near the tips.
Size
Adult length: ~2.25 to 4.75 in. (5.7-12.1 cm)
Habitat
Very abundant in standing bodies of water, ponds, swamps, sloughs, sluggish ditches and slowly flowing streams. It tends to prefer muddy or sandy substrates where there is plenty of organic debris, such as leaves, logs, sticks, etc.

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Louisiana red crayfish
Procambarus clarkii
Adult(s)
Chris Taylor
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Louisiana red crayfish
Procambarus clarkii
Adult(s)
Chris Taylor

Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Cambaridae
Genus: Procambarus

Other System Links

NPDN Pest: IIFAAMA

Categories

Category: Crabs, Shrimps and Lobsters