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  Superfamily Astacoidea

Family Astacidae (+ Cambarinae)

    Genus Pacifastacus -- North America.
    Genus Astacus
    Genus Atlantoastacus
    Genus Austropotamobius
    Genus Caspiastacus
    Genus Pontastacus

Taxon Information

The Family Astacidae has been reported (or is assumed) to occur in fresh waters. This taxon has been reported from North America.

(These statements were generated automatically from the WInvertebrates database.)

Literature Records

  • Astacidae, [Palearctic, Nearctic; 39 species worldwide, 8 Nearctic species] (Crandall & Buhay, 2008).
  • Astacidae, lakes and rivers west of the Continental Divide, also upper Missouri River; 5 species, a few presumed extinct [North America] (Smith, 2001).
  • Astacidae: Astacinae, (Chace et al., 1959).


  • Crandall, K.A. & J.E. Buhay. 2008. Global diversity of crayfish (Astacidae, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae — Decapoda) . Hydrobiologia 595: 295-301. [Available online]
  • Smith, D.G. 2001. Decapoda (Crayfishes, shrimps). Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States, 4th edition: 585-608.
  • Hobbs, H.H., jr. 1972. Crayfishes (Astacidae) of North and Middle America. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Biota of Freshwater Ecosystems Identification Manual 9. 173 pp. [Available online]
  • Chace, F.A., jr., J.G. Mackin, L. Hubricht, A.H. Banner & H.H. Hobbs, jr. 1959. Malacostraca. [in] W.T. Edmondson (ed.). Ward & Whipple Fresh-Water Biology, 2nd edition: 869-901.

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