none none 1566-0621 1572-9737 Conservation Genetics Conserv Genet Investigations on origin and status of a Faxonius crayfish population in the upper James River Basin, Virginia Paul R Cabe Morgan D. T. Frost Bradleigh E. Navalsky Zachary J. Loughman 23 4 853 2022 full_text 10.1007/s10592-022-01442-w FRESHWATER CRAYFISH: An Annotated Checklist of the Freshwater Crayfish of Virginia
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Freshwater Crayfish 26(2): 99-118 (2021)


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An Annotated Checklist of the Freshwater Crayfish of Virginia

Cabe PR, Henkanaththegedara SM, Watson BT, Loughman ZJ and Thoma RF  e-mail link

Published Online: 12/31/2021


We used existing collection records to summarize the current understanding of freshwater crayfish diversity in Virginia. Virginia includes both Atlantic slope drainages and tributaries of the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers which flow to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. The state’s varied topography produces a wide range of freshwater habitats from mountain-side springs and seeps to rushing mountain streams to warm, turbid rivers and the lentic habitats of the coastal plain. We report distributional patterns of 31 species and one subspecies. About 20% of the species reported are introduced, one native species is federally listed as threatened, and several other taxa are species of conservation concern. A number of yet-to-be-described taxa with highly limited distributions will likely need protection. We hope the data included will prove useful in future efforts to understand the diversity of these fascinating and ecologically important animals in Virginia and will further the resolution of Virginia’s complete crayfish fauna.

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Cabe PR, Henkanaththegedara SM, Watson BT, Loughman ZJ and Thoma RF. (2021). An Annotated Checklist of the Freshwater Crayfish of Virginia. Freshwater Crayfish 26(2):99-118. doi: 10.5869/fc.2021.v26-2.99



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Paul R. Cabe,* Biology, Washington & Lee University, 204 W Washington St, Lexington, VA, USA24450. E-mail:

Brian T. Watson, Department of Wildlife Resources, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, 1132 Thomas Jefferson Road, Forest, VA, USU24551. E-mail:

Sujan  Henkaththegedara, Biology, Longwood University, 201 High Street, Farmville, VA, USA23909. E-mail:

Zachary J. Loughman, Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Zoo Science Department, West Liberty University, West Liberty University, West Liberty, WV, USA26074. E-mail:

Roger F. Thoma, Research Associate, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 3015 Creekside Dr., Westlake, OH, USA44145. E-mail:

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   Manuscript Submitted: 7/1/2021

   Manuscript Accepted: 12/6/2021

   Published Online: 12/31/2021

   Published in Print: 12/31/2021



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