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America’s Crayfish: Crawling In Troubled Waters
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America’s Crayfish: Crawling In Troubled Waters

Known as crawfish, crawdads, and mudbugs, crayfish are closely related to lobsters. These crustaceans mostly live in freshwater, but some species venture onto land. Outside their native habitat, crayfish can become destructive invaders.

Crayfish are studied by neuroscientists, used as fish bait, and devoured by millions worldwide. Find out more!

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Classroom Culprits? Invasive Crayfish Threaten Western Waterways

Classroom Culprits? Invasive Crayfish Threaten Western Waterways

The Eastern crayfish is wreaking havoc in Oregon’s waterways, killing native crawfish and eating fish eggs. Find out how this invasive species ended up so far from home. More...

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PBS Newshour
Anatomy of a Crayfish

Anatomy of a Crayfish

With an exoskeleton, jointed appendages, and segmented body, crayfish are classified as arthropods. Get to know this crustacean’s anatomy and how it uses each body part. More...

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BiologyCorner
Ancient Crayfish Fossils Unravel Evolution Mystery

Ancient Crayfish Fossils Unravel Evolution Mystery

The discovery of 106-million-year-old crayfish fossils in Australia fills a huge gap in their evolutionary history in the Southern Hemisphere. Read all about it. More...

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National Geographic
Anxiety Research: Even Crayfish Get Stressed

Anxiety Research: Even Crayfish Get Stressed

Anxiety is normally associated with humans and mammals, not invertebrates. See how scientists proved that crayfish were capable of this basic emotion. More...

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The Guardian
Crayfish Go on the Menu to Restore Lake Tahoe’s Blue Hue

Crayfish Go on the Menu to Restore Lake Tahoe’s Blue Hue

Too much algae in Lake Tahoe is diminishing its signature blue color — and crayfish are to blame. An entrepreneur offers a tasty solution to this problem. More...

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NPR
Crayfish Project Receives National Acclaim

Crayfish Project Receives National Acclaim

Two high school students win first prize for their science project titled Crayfish Café. Take a look at their "colorful" findings about crayfish and diet. More...

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Examiner
Crayfish Reflexes

Crayfish Reflexes

A scientist’s research suggests that crayfish can rewire their brain based on behavior patterns. Could the same be true for humans? More...

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Science NetLinks
Enter the World of West Virginia Crayfish Research

Enter the World of West Virginia Crayfish Research

Biologist Zachary Loughman has been studying crayfish for about 10 years. He talks about the threats facing this endangered animal group. More...

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Louisiana Crayfish: Good, Bad, and Delicious

Louisiana Crayfish: Good, Bad, and Delicious

Louisiana crayfish are destroying rice farms and threatening native species in China, but the country still welcomes these invasive crustaceans. Find out why. More...

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National Science Foundation
New Giant ‘Bearded’ Crayfish Species: Photos

New Giant ‘Bearded’ Crayfish Species: Photos

Under a rock in a Tennessee creek, a new species of crayfish is discovered. Check out pics of this uncommonly large mudbug with bristly antennae. More...

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National Geographic
Rusty Crayfish

Rusty Crayfish

These crayfish have rust-colored spots and robust claws. Get facts about this aggressive crustacean’s defensive moves and wrestling matches. More...

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BioKIDS

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