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Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
(Subphylum: Crustacea; Class: Malacostraca; Order: Decapoda; Infraorder: Astacidea; Family: Cambaridae)
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Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)

General: Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii), also called Crawfish or Crawdads, are freshwater crustaceans similar to little lobsters with claws and a flipper tail. They are native to the southeastern United States, but they are a widely introduced pest species. In Nevada, crayfish can be found in many water bodies where they eat native frogs, toads, fish, and any other aquatic creature they can catch. Our native aquatic species are already having a hard time surviving in the desert southwest, so don't release these pests into streams or ponds around the desert!

Family: Cambaridae.

Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Red Swamp Crayfish in shallow water
Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Crayfish claws and long antennae
Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Underside showing legs and flipper tail
Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Mouthparts
Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Crawdads in the Corn Creek Cement Pond
Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii)
Crawdads in the Corn Creek Cement Pond
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