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Red Swamp Crayfish

Procambarus clarkii

Description:

Red Decapod that resembles a lobster came right up to me then turned and went away. They breathe through feather-like gills. This species is one of the hardiest and tolerates polluted water such as the area I spotted this one. The video shows how it moves while out of water.

Habitat:

"Fresh" still-water creek from run-off along Lake Hodges trailhead

Notes:

This species was introduced from the southeastern US. It preys on our native newts :( This series shows it in and out of the water. Video shows it moving on land and water. Aka Red swamp crawfish, Louisiana crawfish, Louisiana crayfish or mudbug

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13 Comments

Thank you LandmarkExpert. It's been a while but I'm guessing at least 4 inches long.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 5 years ago

great video! by the way, how big approx was it?

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Thank you. Curious critters make excellent models :)

smutnee80
smutnee80 6 years ago

Amazing photos, and the video was fantastic.

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

You're very welcome! That's one of the great things about Project Noah! I've learned sooo much here :)

patty
patty 6 years ago

Thank you very much for making that clear Cindy, and for sharing the spot; I have just learned what a crayfish is thanks to your spotting and comment (for me there were only crabs and lobsters); thank you! =)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago

Hi Patty, thank you! Lobsters do stay under water. Crayfish come out looking for food. The color of this species reminds me of a lobster though!

patty
patty 6 years ago

Interesting spotting I always saw red lobsters deeply underwater; it is reasonable that they could walk outside too..The pictures and the video are great! Thank you =)

CindyBinghamKeiser
CindyBinghamKeiser 7 years ago

Thank all! They are amazing and I found this one rather social. Lobster definitely comes to mind :)

KarenP
KarenP 7 years ago

Cindy, I love these crayfish. So bright red and different than the ones I was used to seeing in the midwest. After I spend time photographing them and watching them, I have a very strong instinct to eat lobster. Funny but true. Great video. Love it. Here's a link to my spotting. http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/636...

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Cindy , I have never seen a Cray fish with such beautiful healthy colors!! Video is great too! Congrats for this great capture!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Nice shots

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 7 years ago

Cool!

Escondido, California, USA

Lat: 33.06, Long: -117.07

Spotted on Dec 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 14, 2011

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