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Cambarus (Erebicambarus) laevis Faxon 1914

Keith A. Crandall, James W. Fetzner, Jr., and Horton H. Hobbs, Jr.
Containing group: Cambarus (Erebicambarus)


Holotype and paratype, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 3812 (holotypic male II, female); paratypes, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Type Locality

Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana.


Southern parts of Illinois(?) and Indiana, and northern Kentucky(?).


Streams, springs, and caves.


Page (1985b:428) tentatively referred the Illinois populations possibly assignable to this taxon to Cambarus (E.) tenebrosus, and as pointed out by him, it is probable that when a careful study of the subgenus Erebicambarus is made, C. (E.) laevis will be declared a synonym of C. (E.) tenebrosus. Until such a study is conducted, it is deemed advisable to maintain specific status for it. Jezerinac and Thoma (1984:121) omitted this crayfish in their key to the genera Cambarus and Fallicambarus in Ohio because all of the material that they examined from the state that had been assigned to C. (E.) laevis was "assignable to either C. (C.) ortmanni or C. (C.) bartonii cavatus."


Faxon, Walter. 1914. Notes on the Crayfishes in the United States National Museum and the Museum of Comparative Zoology with Descriptions of New Species and Subspecies to Which is Appended a Catalogue of the Known Species and Subspecies. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College, 40(8): 351-427, 13 plates.

Hobbs, H. H. Jr. 1989. An Illustrated Checklist of the American Crayfishes (Decapoda: Astacidae, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae). Smithsonian Institution Press.

Jezerinac, Raymond F., and Roger F. Thoma. 1984. An Illustrated Key to the Ohio Cambarus and Fallicambarus (Decapoda: Cambaridae) with Comments and a New Subspecies Record. Ohio Journal of Science, 84(3): 120-125, figures 1-14.

Page, Lawrence M. 1985. The Crayfishes and Shrimps (Decapoda) of Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin, 33(4): vi + 335-448, figures 1-173.

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Keith A. Crandall
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

James W. Fetzner, Jr.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Horton H. Hobbs, Jr.
Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, USA

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