Sunday, January 30, 2011

Holy Jumbalaya! Giant Crayfish Crawls Out of Tennessee !

How in the world a 5" crawfish can hide for 250 years without being noticed is beyond me. Here is the story ...

A new species of giant crayfish, named Barbicambarus simmonsi, found in Tennessee, is pictured here in this image released to Reuters Jan. 20. The new crayfish at about 5 inches long, is huge -- twice the size of other species, the team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Kentucky University said.

"You would have recognized it as something really, really different and you would have saved it,'' Taylor added in a statement.

Taylor and Guenter Schuster of Eastern Kentucky University found their first specimen of the new species under one of the biggest rocks in the deepest part of a commonly explored Tennessee creek.

The new species, called Barbicambarus simmonsi, is about 5 inches long and has antennae covered with a sensitive fringe of tiny, hair-like bristles, called setae.


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