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Research Curator of Non-molluscan Invertebrates @naturalsciences🦞 🪱 🧬 etc. Follow on IG @bwwilliamslab #1001jars #MuseumCollections
Dec 20, 2021 8 tweets 5 min read
💥 New species alert!💥

Meet Cambarus ectopistes, the Cataloochee Crayfish, which as of this weekend became the newest addition to North Carolina and Tennessee's named crayfish fauna. Described by me & Dr. Zachary Loughman (@westlibertyu) this species represents sooo much. 1/7 The species epithet 'ectopistes' may seem familiar; it's the genus of the extinct passenger pigeon. We chose this name for two reasons: 1. one of the 3 disjunct populations of C. ectopistes occurs in the Pigeon River (PR), which was a major flyway for the passenger pigeon. 2/7