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Cambarus loughmani, a new species of crayfish (Decapoda: Cambaridae) endemic to the pre-glacial Teays River Valley in West Virginia, USA

May 1, 2018

A new species of crayfish, Cambarus loughmani sp. nov., is described from the preglacial Teays River Valley of Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, and Putnam counties, West Virginia. The species was previously considered to be part of the Cambarus dubius complex. Loughman et al. restricted C. dubius to an orange colour morph found in central and northern portions of the Allegheny Mountains and Appalachian Plateau in central West Virginia, western Maryland, and south-central Pennsylvania. The new species described herein can be distinguished from all other members of Cambarus Erichson, 1846 by a double row of cristiform tubercles on the palm, an open areola with two rows of punctations, and a consistent blue colouration.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Cambarus loughmani, a new species of crayfish (Decapoda: Cambaridae) endemic to the pre-glacial Teays River Valley in West Virginia, USA
DOI 10.1080/00222933.2018.1557271
Authors David A. Foltz, Nichole Sadecky, Greg Myers, Jr. Fetzner, Stuart A. Welsh, Whitney Stockner, Mael Glon, Roger F. Thoma
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Natural History
Index ID 70228102
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Leetown

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