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Crayfish, sometimes called crawdads or mudbugs, are excellent bait.

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The St. Francis crayfish lives only in tributaries of the St. Francis River in St. Francois, Iron, Madison and Wayne counties of Missouri.

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"Back Cover" for the March 2000 Missouri Conservationist.

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Belted Crayfish

Orconectes harrisoni
This medium-small, tan crayfish — found only in the Big River and its tributaries — has a distinctive pattern of alternating olive-green and reddish-brown bands on the abdominal segments.

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Big Creek Crayfish

Orconectes peruncus
This moderately small, brown crayfish has a very localized distribution centered in Big Creek and its tributaries, in the St. Francis River basin. It lacks bright colors, but blackish specks and blotches occur over the top surfaces of the body and pincers.

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Big Fish in Small Streams

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Finding lunker smallmouth in creeks takes a lot of effort.

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Cajun Dwarf Crayfish and Swamp Dwarf Crayfish

Cambarellus puer and C. shufeldtii
Our two species of dwarf crayfish are both reddish brown to gray, with a paired series of dark, wavy stripes or dashed lines along the dorsal surface. In Missouri, these species are found in the lowlands of the southeast or the Mississippi River floodplain.

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Calico Crayfish

Orconectes immunis
This rather plain, gray-green crayfish--usually only found in the northern half of the state--has a pale central zone along the middle of the carapace and abdomen. The pincers are orange-tipped, and in mature males are tinged with purple.

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Spothanded Crayfish

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Why you should be concerned about invasive crayfish.

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Coldwater Crayfish

Orconectes eupunctus
This stout crayfish has a very localized distribution in the Eleven Point and Spring River drainages. It has a blue-green head and pincers and a dark, rust-brown carapace. It is an imperiled species.

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