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Orconectes (Procericambarus) putnami Faxon 1884

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


Syntypes, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 3568 (4 male I, 7 female, 8 juv. male, 5 juv. female), Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 3569 (13 male I), Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 3570 (3 male I), National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 10130 (male I), Zoological Institute, Academy of Sciences, Leningrad, Russia 1/44971 (male, 2 female).

Type Locality

Bear Creek, Grayson Springs, Grayson County, Kentucky.


Ohio drainage system in western Kentucky, southern Indiana(?), and Tennessee(?).




Following Ortmann (1931), this species has been largely relegated to synonymy with O. juvenilis (Hagen) (=O. (P.) rusticus). Even Rhoades, in using the combination Orconectes putnami for the first time, considered it a synonym of O. juvenilis. Not until 1972 was it proposed that it again be accorded specific status, but its range and that of the closely allied O. (P.) spinosus have not been adequately investigated.


Faxon, Walter. 1884. Descriptions of New Species of Cambarus, to Which is Added a Synonymical List of the Known Specis of Cambarus and Astacus. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 20: 107-158.

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

Ortmann, A.E. 1931. Crawfishes of the Southern Applachians and the Cumberland Plateau. Annals of the Carnegie Museum, 20(2): 61-160.

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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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