Two Crayfish Species Added to Endangered Species List

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added crayfish species in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia to the Endangered Species list.

The agency said Wednesday in a news release that the Guyandotte River crayfish will be listed as endangered and the Big Sandy crayfish will be listed as threatened.

A survey team in West Virginia found two isolated populations of the Guyandotte River crayfish in Pinnacle Creek and the Clear Fork in Wyoming County.

The Big Sandy crayfish was found at most previously known locations in the upper Big Sandy River watershed in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky. The agency says the species also was found in low numbers at a new site, and is better distributed in some Virginia streams with high quality habitat.