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Orconectes (Procericambarus) rusticus Girard 1852

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


"Types probably destroyed in the Chicago fire in 1871" (Faxon, 1914:418). Questionable types: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. 4968 (male II), in very poor condition; Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 195 (dry female).

Type Locality

Ohio River at Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio.


Southern Ontario and Michigan to Kentucky and Tennessee; presumably introduced in one or more of the following: New England, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. (See Page, 1985b:412; Lawton, 1979:90.)


Streams, ponds, and lakes.


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Conservation Status

Currently stable.


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.

Girard, Charles. 1852. A Revision of the North American Astaci, with Observations on Their Habits and Geographical Distribution. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6: 87-91.

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

Lawton, Steven M. 1979. A Taxonomic and Distributional Study of the Crayfishes (Decapoda: Cambaridae) of West Virginia with Diagnostic Keys to Species of the Genera Cambarus and Orconectes. 107 pages, 24 figures. Master's thesis, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia.

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

Taylor, C. A., M. L. Warren, Jr., J. F. Fitzpatrick, Jr., H. H. Hobbs III, R. F. Jezerinac, W. L. Pflieger, and H. W. Robison. 1996. Conservation Status of Crayfishes of the United States and Canada. Fisheries 21:4.

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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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