New species of giant crawfish found in Tenn.

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Posted: Jan 24, 2011 11:44 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2011 11:44 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Crawfish, Tennessee, Shoal Creek, Marion County

COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A new species of giant crawfish that's twice the size of a typical mudbug has been found in a creek in southern Tennessee.

The Columbia Daily Herald reports that the new species, called Barbicambarus simmonsi, is about 5-inches long and has an unusual bearded antennae, covered by tiny, hair-like bristles.

A team of aquatic biologists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Kentucky University discovered the new crawfish in the deepest part of Shoal Creek in Marion County.

There are about two new species of crawfish are found every year in the United States, but it is unusual that such a large species would be discovered in a well-explored, populated area.

More than half of the roughly 600 species of crawfish in the world live north of Mexico. Alabama and Tennessee are hotspots of crawfish diversity.

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