Issue Cover image


Freshwater Crayfish 5(1): 183-191 (1983)


Download: PDF (582 KB)

Studies of the life history and ecology of Orconectes palmeri palmeri (Faxon)

Payne JF and Price JO  e-mail link

Published Online:


The life history and ecology of the crayfish Orconectes palmeri palmeri were studied in the Chickasaw Basin of western Tennessee. Prior to oviposition in February and March, females inhabited shallow burrows, especially within and around heavy debris. Juveniles appeared in open-water samples in April, and most specimens reached adult size (carapace length 18-25 mm) by late September and October of the same year. In November, 85% of all males were form I, and females had active cement glands; most form I males molted to form II during June. Frequency distribution graphs of population samples indicated that three adult age classes existed in open water during most of the year; these were: first year (18-25 mm), second year (26-35 mm), and third year (36-42 mm). The majority of reproduction occurred in the first year individuals with few specimens living longer than two years. Life history strategies and adaptations which minimize interspecific competition and interaction are discussed.

Supplemental Documents

  • There are no supplementary documents for this article

CrossRef Logo

Cited By


How to Cite

Payne JF and Price JO. (1983). Studies of the life history and ecology of Orconectes palmeri palmeri (Faxon). Freshwater Crayfish 5(1):183-191. doi: 10.5869/fc.1983.v5.183



Author Information

Authorship information for this paper are currently unavailable.


Publication History

   Manuscript Submitted:

   Manuscript Accepted:

   Published Online:

   Published in Print:



Funding Information

No specific funding statement is available for this article.






Member Login

Forgot Your Password?

Recover PW

Enter the e-mail address you used to
create your IAA account.
Return to Login
Back to Top