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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Astacidea
Family: Cambaridae
Genus: Cambarellus
Species: C. montezumae
Binomial name
Cambarellus montezumae
Saussure, 1857

Acocil is a species of crayfish native to Mexico, Cambarellus montezumae. The name acocil comes from the Nahuatl cuitzilli, meaning "crooked one of the water" or "squirms in the water".[1] It is a traditional foodstuff of the Pre-Columbian Mexicans, who boiled or baked the animal, and ate it in tacos.[2] It is found across a broad section of Mexico, "from Lake Chapala in Jalisco to the crater lakes of Puebla", and so is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.[3]


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  2. ^ Lorenzo Ochoa (2009). "Topophilia: a tool for the demarcation of cultural microregions: the case of the Huaxteca". In John Edward Staller & Michael D. Carrasco. Pre-Columbian Foodways: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Food, Culture, and Markets in Ancient Mesoamerica. Springer. pp. 535–552. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0470-3_22. ISBN 978-1-4419-0470-6. 
  3. ^ F. Alvarez, M. López-Mejía & C. Pedraza Lara (2010). "Cambarellus montezumae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved November 16, 2011.