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Undescribed burrowing crayfish

Cambarus cf. dubius


A deep blue crayfish with orange-tipped claws, approximately 3 inches long.


Found after a rain on a rural paved road alongside a mountain stream. These animals inhabit cold, springs and spring-fed streams.


This animal had a 1 cm long gash in the carapace. After consulting with some crayfish specialists, I found out that it is likely an undescribed species in the C. dubius complex.

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DanielePralong 3 years ago

Today is World Water Day, and we celebrate with this beautiful burrowing crayfish as our Spotting of the Day! Congratulation Lisa! Keep us updated on the description :-)

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AshleyT 3 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Virginia, USA

Spotted on Feb 28, 2017
Submitted on Mar 11, 2017

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