Blue crayfish

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Procambarus alleni
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Cambaridae
Genus: Procambarus
Subgenus: Leconticambarus
Species: P. alleni
Binomial name
Procambarus alleni
(Faxon, 1884) [1]

The blue crayfish (scientific name Procambarus alleni, sometimes called the electric blue crayfish and the Florida cray) is a species of freshwater crayfish endemic to Florida in the United States. Its natural range is the area east of St. Johns River and all of Florida from Levy County and Marion County southwards, as well as on some of the Florida Keys.[2] It is included on the IUCN Red List as a species of Least Concern. The blue crayfish is frequently kept in freshwater aquaria.[3] In the wild, this species varies from brown-tan to blue, but the aquarium strain has been selective bred to achieve a brilliant cobalt blue color.[4]



  1. ^ "Procambarus alleni". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ K. A. Crandall & J. W. Fetzner (May 17, 2003). "Procambarus (Leconticambarus) alleni (Faxon, 1884)". 
  3. ^ K. A. Crandall (2010). "Procambarus alleni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 3.1 (3.1). International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved October 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Aquarium Domain: Cobalt Blue Lobster (Procambarus alleni). Retrieved 26 July 2016

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