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Giant Crayfish

January 21, 2011 by staff 

Giant Crayfish, Crayfish giant A”a been spotted for the first time under a rock at Shoal Creek in Tennessee. The new species, Barbicambarus simmonsi, is about 5 cm long, at least “twice the size of its competitors,” according to a press release issued Wednesday, January 19.

“It’s not that someone would have picked crabs and just said, ‘Oh, that’s another crayfish, and put it back,” said Chris Taylor in the release, noting the rarity of the species. Taylor is the curator of crustaceans at the Illinois Natural History Survey and co-discoverer of the new species.
Taylor and Kentucky University Biological Sciences Professor Guenter Schuster started receiving pictures of cancer in 2009.

“We worked so hard and long that we were ready to give up finding another site,” Schuster said in a statement. “And we saw this big flat rock under a bridge and we said, ‘OK. Let’s flip this rock, just for the sake of it; this will be our last “And sure enough, that’s where we got the first specimen.
A giant crayfish in a creek in Tennessee is said to be a totally new species.

Crayfish new measures five inches long, twice the size of most other crustaceans. It is also very rare.

“It’s not that someone would have picked crabs and just said, ‘Oh, that’s another crayfish, and put it back,” said University of Illinois aquatic biologist Chris Taylor told Reuters. “You would have recognized it as something really different and you would have saved.”

The new species was named simmonsi Barbicambarus and procedures of the discovery were published in the journal of the Biological Society of Washington.

“More than half of the 600 known species of crayfish in the world are in North America,” University of Illinois aquatic biologist Chris Taylor told Reuters.

“This thing had not been seen through the eyes scientists until last year,” Taylor wrote in a statement.

Biologists have found a specimen under a big rock in Shoal Creek commonly explored.

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