American crayfish

Order: 
Decapoda
Family: 
Astacidae

Decapod crustacean. This freshwater crab presents a whitish dorsal patch at the junction between the two pieces of each clamp, the moveable and fixed finger of the chela. Another key for its identification is the face, quite rectangular and with a steep step towards the point. Hands, highly developed, have a reddish color on their ventral face. The carapace is slightly bluish and the abdomen quite wide. The adult specimens reach 150 mm in length.

International Designations

Germany: 
Signalkrebs
Italy: 
Gambero californiano
UK: 
American crayfish
Fishing gears: 
Aquaculture
FAO code: 
PCL
Scientific name: 
Pacifastacus leniusculus
Type: 
Crustacean
Fishing areas: 
Area 5: Europe - Inland waters
Global production (Tons): 
127