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A new American crayfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Aug 08, 2016 09:00 AM
Fallicambarus schusteri is the newest described crayfish from the Americas. The new burrowing species was discovered, surprisingly, along seasonally-flooded roadside ditches.
A new American crayfish

Fallicambarus schusteri

You may think that we've identified all the organisms within populated areas, but Fallicambarus schusteri isn't the first new species of crayfish discovered in places frequented by humans.  For example, in 2014, a tiny green Gramastacus crayfish was discovered at New South Wales, one of Australia's most developed areas.

Fallicambarus schusteri is described in Zootaxa from the Red River drainage of extreme southeastern Oklahoma and southwestern Arkansas.  It is the twentieth species of the genus Fallicambarus, which includes many vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered crayfish due largely to pressures from human activity.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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