From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Crayfisch Astacus astacus.jpg
Astacus astacus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Astacidea
Superfamily: Astacoidea
Family: Astacidae
Latreille, 1802–1803

The family Astacidae comprises the freshwater crayfish native to Europe and western North America. It is made up of three genera. Pacifastacus is found on the Pacific coast of the United States and British Columbia and includes the signal crayfish and the Shasta crayfish. The genera Astacus and Austropotamobius are both found throughout Europe and parts of western Asia.


The family Astacidae contains 12 species in three genera :[1]


  1. ^ James W. Fetzner, Jr. (2005-05-09). "Family Astacidae Latreille, 1802-1803". Crayfish Taxon Browser. Carnegie Museum of Natural History.