Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Semi-Quantitative Methods for Crayfish Sampling: Sex, Size, and Habitat Bias

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Journal of Crustacean Biology

Abstract We evaluated the effectiveness of four sampling methods for freshwater crayfish in five aquatic habitat types in Congaree National Park, South Carolina, USA. Electrofishing was the most successful technique in terms of the diversity of species collected, the number of individuals collected, and the widest range of sizes collected. Seine netting was the next most successful method. Baited minnow traps were biased towards form I males and larger individuals, while dip netting was biased towards smaller individuals. The relative success of techniques depended somewhat upon species. For two stream dwelling species, Procambarus acutus and P. chacei, electrofishing collected significantly more individuals than any other technique. For P. troglodytes, the most abundant species and a habitat generalist, electrofishing was superior to dip netting in some habitats, but did not significantly differ from traps or seine netting. For Fallicambarus fodiens, no significant differences among the effectiveness of any sampling methods were detected.

Affiliations: 1: a (JEP) South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Freshwater Fisheries Research, 1921 Van Boklen Road, Eastover, SC 29044 ( Current address: Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine Biology and Coastal Research, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 ; 2: b (SMW) Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Lehotsky, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 ( Current address: Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Abrahamsson S. 1983 "Trappability, locomotion, and diel pattern of activity of the crayfish, Astacus Astacus and Pacifasticus leniusculus Dana." Freshwater Crayfish Vol 5 239 253
2. Acosta C. A. , Perry S. A. 2000 "Effective sampling area: a quantitative method for sampling crayfish populations in freshwater marshes." Crustaceana Vol 73 425 431
3. Alonso F. 2001 "Efficiency of electrofishing as a sampling method for freshwater crayfish populations in small creeks." Limnetica Vol 20 59 72
4. Brown D. J. , Brewis J. M. 1978 "A critical look at trapping as a method of sampling a population of Austropotamobius pallipes (Lereboullet) in a mark and recapture study." Freshwater Crayfish Vol 4 159 164
5. Byrne C. F. , Lynch J. M. , Bracken J. J. 1999 "A sampling strategy for stream populations of white-clawed crayfish, Austropotamobius pallipes (Lereboullet) (Crustaceana, Astacidae)." Biology and the Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Vol 99B 89 94
6. Capelli G. M. , Magnuson J. J. 1976 "Reproduction, molting, and distribution of Orconectes propinquus (Girard) in relation to temperature in a northern mesotrophic lake." Freshwater Crayfish Vol 2 415 427
7. Collins N. C. , Harvey H. H. , Tierney A. J. , Dunham D. W. 1983 "Influence of predator density on trapability of crayfish in Ontario lakes." Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci Vol 40 1820 1828
8. Cottle T. J. 1863 "On the two species of Astacus found in Upper Canada." Canadian Journal of Industry, Science, and Arts, new series Vol 45 216 219
9. DiStefano R. J. , Gale C. M. , Wagner B. A. , Zweifel R. D. 2003 "A sampling method to assess lotic crayfish communities." Journal of Crustacean Biology Vol 23 678 690
10. Dorn N. J. , Urgelles R. , Trexler J. C. 2005 "Evaluating active and passive sampling methods to quantify crayfish density in a freshwater wetland." Journal of the North American Benthological Society Vol 24 346 356
11. Faxon W. 1884 "Descriptions of New Species of Cambarus, to which Is Added a Synonymical List of the Known Species of Cambarus and Astacus." Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Vol 20 107 158
12. France R. , Holmes J. , Lynch A. 1991 "Use of size-frequency data to estimate the age composition of crayfish populations." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Vol 48 2324 2332
13. Girard C. 1852 "A revision of the North American Astaci, with observations on their habits and geographical distribution." Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philidelphia Vol 6 87 91
14. Hobbs H. H. Jr. 1956 "A new crayfish of the genus Cambarus from North Carolina and South Carolina (Decapoda, Astacidae)." Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington Vol 69 115 121 , 11 figures
15. Hobbs H. H. Jr. 1958 "Two new crayfishes of the genus Procambarus from South Carolina and Georgia." Notulae Naturae 307: 10 pages, 26 figures
16. Huryn A. D. , Wallace J. B. 1987 "Production and litter processing by crayfish in an Appalachian stream." Freshwater Biology Vol 18 277 286
17. Lamontagne S. , Rasmussen J. B. 1993 "Estimating crayfish density in lakes using quadrats: maximizing precision and efficiency." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Vol 50 623 626
18. LeConte J. 1856 "Descriptions of new species of Astacus from Georgia." Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Vol 7 400 402
19. Lereboullet A. 1858 "Descriptions de deux nouvelles especes d'ecrevisses de nos rivieres." Memoirs de la Societe des Sciences Naturelles de Strasbourg Vol 5 1 11 3 plates
20. Lodge D. M. , Kershner M. W. , Aloi J. E. , Covich A. P. 1994 "Effects of an omnivorous crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) on a freshwater littoral food web." Ecology Vol 75 1265 1281
21. Martof B. S. , Palmer W. M. , Bailey J. R. , Harrison J. R. III. 1980 "Amphibians and reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia." University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill. 264 pp
22. Mason J. C. 1975 "Crayfish production in a small woodland stream. Crayfish production in a small woodland stream, pp. 449-478." In, J. W. Avault (ed.), Freshwater crayfish II. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
23. Master L. L. , Flack S. R. , Stein B. A. eds 1998 "Rivers of Life: Critical Watersheds for Protecting Freshwater Biodiversity." The Nature Conservancy, Arlington, VA
24. Ogle D. H. , Kret L. 2008 "Experimental evidence that captured rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) exclude uncaptured rusty crayfish from entering traps." Journal of Freshwater Ecology Vol 23 123 129
25. Olsen T. M. , Lodge D. M. , Capelli G. M. , Houlihan R. J. 1991 "Mechanisms of impact of an introduced crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) on littoral congeners, snails, and macrophytes." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Vol 48 1853 1861
26. Probst W. E. , Rabeni C. F. , Covington W. G. , Marteney R. E. 1984 "Resource use by stream-dwelling rock bass and smallmouth bass." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Vol 113 283 294
27. Rabeni C. F. 1985 "Resource partitioning by stream-dwelling crayfish: the influence of body size." American Midland Naturalist Vol 113 20 29
28. Rabeni C. F. 1992 "Trophic linkage between stream centrarchinds and their crayfish prey." Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Vol 49 1714 1721
29. Rabeni C. F. , Collier K. J. , Parkyn S. M. , Hicks B. J. 1997 "Evaluating techniques for sampling stream crayfish (Paranephrops planifrons)." New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research Vol 31 693 700
30. Roell M. J. , Orth D. J. 1993 "Trophic basis of production of stream-dwelling smallmouth bass, rock bass, and flathead catfish in relation to invertebrate bait harvest." Transactions of the American Fisheries Society Vol 122 46 62
31. Schuster G. A. 1997 "Resource management of freshwater crustaceans in the southeastern United States. pp. 269-282." In, G. W. Benz and D. E. Collins (ed.), Aquatic Fauna in peril: the southeastern perspective, Special publication 1, Southeastern aquatic research institute. Lenz Design and Communications, Decatur, Georgia
32. Skurdal J. , Qvenild T. , Taugbl T. 1992 "Mark-recapture experiments with noble crayfish, Astacus astacus L., in a Norwegian Lake." Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Vol 23 227 233
33. Stimpson W. 1857 "Notices of New Species of Crustacea in Western North America; Being an Abstract from a Paper to be Published in the Journal of the Society." Proceedings of the Boston Society of Natural History Vol 6 6 84 89
34. Somers K. M. , Green R. H. 1993 "Seasonal patterns in trap catches of the crayfish Cambarus bartoni and Orconectes virilis in six south-central Ontario lakes." Canadian Journal of Zoology Vol 71 1136 1145
35. Somers K. M. , Stetchy D. P. M. 1986 "Variable trappability of crayfish associated with bait type, water temperature and lunar phase." The American Midland Naturalist Vol 116 36 44
36. Taylor C. A. , Schuster G. A. , Cooper J. E. , DiStefano R. J. , Eversole A. G. , Hamr P. , Hobbs H. H. III , Robison H. W. , Skelton C. E. , Thoma R. F. 2007 "A reassessment of the conservation status of crayfishes of the United States and Canada after 10 years of increased aware-ness." Fisheries Vol 32 372 389
37. Westman K. , Sumari O. , Puriainen M. 1978 "Electric fishing in sampling crayfish." Freshwater crayfish Vol 4 251 256

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Journal of Crustacean Biology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation