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4:51 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Enter the World of West Virginia Crayfish Research

"And it was THIS BIG," says Barbicambarus cornutus (AKA: Bottlebrush Crayfish of Kentucky) of the human that caught him...
Credit Glynis Board / WVPublic

Crayfish are one of the most endangered animal groups in the country, but recently a scientist at West Liberty University discovered three new species--and says there may be more on the way. That's not a big surprise if you know Zachary Loughman. He's one of only nine crayfish biologists in the country and maybe the most enthusiastic.

“Any second of any day I will look for crayfish. Period," Loughman says.

He says Appalachia is the perfect place to research crayfish because it's such an ecologically diverse region.

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