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A new and gorgeous 'Bama crayfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Oct 06, 2015 09:00 AM
A lot of beautiful crayfish are being discovered in tropical Asia. It's America's turn. Procambarus holifieldi is a new 'mud bug' discovered in a low-lying field in Perry County, Alabama.
A new and gorgeous 'Bama crayfish

Procambarus holifieldi

Procambarus spp. are burrowing crayfish that spend most of their lives in complex underground tunnels.  They've thus taken on a bulldozer-like morphology - like supersized versions of reef pistol shrimps.

The newly described Procambarus holifieldi is most closely related to Procambarus (Girardiella) barbiger, another crayfish from the South (Mississippi).

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.


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