NANFA-- crayfish id

Rick Phillips (
Wed, 3 Sep 2003 17:37:23 -0400

I've become more interested in some local crayfish since Gator and others have
been discussing capture techniques here on this list. I've found a couple of
good websites with photos, but still am having a hard time with id. I've
posted a photo of one very blue-gray crayfish I collected a few days ago here
in northeast Tennessee at under the
crayfish folder. This one came from the Holston River in Hawkins County where
a stream flows into the river. He was found under rocks. There was a reddish
one with almost identical markings. Anyone have any ideas what species this

Also I have been practicing Gator's techniques for capturing burrowing
crayfish. This involves enlarging the burrow slightly and stirring the water
up to muddy it. About 75% of the time so far I have been able to capture the
crayfish in the burrow when he came up to investigate. Loads of fun and
something else to enjoy while on fish watching and collecting trips.


Rick Phillips
Kingsport, Tennessee
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