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  • Biologists discover giant crayfish species right under their noses

    It is unusual for aquatic biologists to miss a big species like Barbicambarus simmonsi. The population of this crayfish appears to be very sparse, however. Individuals were usually found under the biggest rocks in the deepest parts of a stream.

    It is unusual for aquatic biologists to miss a big species like Barbicambarus simmonsi. The population of this crayfish appears to be very sparse, however. Individuals were usually found under the biggest rocks in the deepest parts of a stream.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Chris Taylor, call 217- 244-2153; e-mail ctaylor@inhs.uiuc.edu. To reach Guenter Schuster, call 606-622-1016.
    The paper, “Monotypic No More, a Description of a New Crayfish of the Genus BarbicambarusHobbs, 1969 (Decapoda: Cambridae) From the  Tennessee River Drainage Using Morphology and Molecules,” is available online.