More Exciting Crayfish News!

As incredible as it may seem, we have another recent development relating to the stream crayfish of the Ozarks. First, all of our stream crayfish were moved from the genus Orconectes to Faxonius. Now we have two new species!

Fetzner Jr, James W., Taylor, Christopher A. (2018): Two new species of freshwater crayfish of the genus Faxonius (Decapoda: Cambaridae) from […]

Orconectes No More

A few months ago, I allowed the USGS to use some of my crayfish photos on their invasive species site. I recently went to see the page where one of those photos was used and was shocked, shocked I tell you.

Instead of Orconectes luteus, the page was titled Faxonius luteus. WTF? How could USGS use the wrong name for a crayfish? I was about to send them a nasty-gram with that very question when I noticed […]

Paddling the Upper Current

We loaded the truck in the pre-dawn darkness, Venus still bright in the east,  hopefully a harbinger of another beautiful September day. We were headed north for the upper reaches of the Current River and sunshine was a big part of the plan. It was not to be—the clouds began gathering shortly after we were on […]

Patrick Bridge Crayfish, Part II

Picking up from and recapping my last post, three of us were paddling the lowest stretch of the North Fork White River before it enters the lake. Having pulled over below the bridge at Patrick Bridge Access to snorkel and photograph fish, I kept getting distracted by crayfish.

After photographing the Gap Ringed Crayfish from the last […]

Patrick Bridge Crayfish, Part I


Last Friday Dayna and I, along with a friend, paddled a 10-mile stretch of the North Fork of the White River. We put in at Blair Bridge about 10:00 a.m. and took out just past 6:00 p.m. at Tecumseh on the very upper end of Norfork Lake. Actually, the lake was much higher than I had […]