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A unidentified snipe fly larvae (Rahagionidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified snipe fly larvae (Rahagionidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified cranefly larvae (Tipulidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified planorbid snail (Planorbidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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Two mountain crayfish (Cambarus conasauganensis) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty Virginia.

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A Chowanoke crayfish (Faxonius virginiensis) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A Chowanoke crayfish (Faxonius virginiensis) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A unidentified cranefly larvae (Tipulidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified cranefly larvae (Tipulidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified cranefly larvae (Tipulidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified case-maker caddisfly larvae (Limnephilid sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified case-maker caddisfly larvae (Limnephilid sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified planorbid snail (Planorbidae sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A group of unidentified horse leeches (Haemopis sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A unidentified horse leech (Haemopis sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A paintedhand mudbug (Lacunicambarus polychromatus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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Two reticulate crayfish (Faxonius erichsonianus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A reticulate crayfish (Faxonius erichsonianus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A white tubercled crayfish (Procambarus spiculifer) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A white tubercled crayfish (Procambarus spiculifer) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A rusty grave digger (Lacunicambarus miltus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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An Appalachian brook crayfish (Cambarus cavatus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A unidentified dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus sp.) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, Virginia.

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A seminole crayfish (Procambarus seminolae) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

This species was collected at Tiger Branch in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Fargo, Georgia.

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A seminole crayfish (Procambarus seminolae) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

This species was collected at Tiger Branch in Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Fargo, Georgia.

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A spinycheek crayfish, Faxonius limosus, at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A spinycheek crayfish, Faxonius limosus, at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A chauga crayfish (Cambarus chaugaensis) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

This species was collected at Chauga River, Oconee County, South Carolina.

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A mane crayfish, Procambarus lophotus, at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.
This species was collected at Mill Creek, Murray County, Georgia.

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A mane crayfish, Procambarus lophotus, at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.
This species was collected at Mill Creek, Murray County, Georgia.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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An ambiguous crayfish (Cambarus striatus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

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A beautiful crayfish (Cambarus speciosus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

This species was collected at Cartecay River, Gilmer County, Georgia.

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A beautiful crayfish (Cambarus speciosus) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.

This species was collected at Cartecay River, Gilmer County, Georgia.

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A moccasin crayfish (Cambarus longirostris) at the West Liberty University Crayfish Conservation Lab in West Liberty, West Virginia.
This species was collected at Copper Creek, Scott County, Virginia.
The unusual shape of this species’ claw (chela) functions to serve as a hydrofoil, keeping the animal securely pinned to the bottom of the stream when the chela is positioned in a certain way.

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