Paper Shell Crayfish (Orconectes immunis)

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Paper Shell Crayfish

Orconectes immunis

Easy

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 8.0

[[Minimum temperature::68 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::85 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-14 °d

1:1 M:F

2-5 years

This animal is available captive bred



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Alternative names

Paper Shell Crayfish, Soft Shell Crayfish, Calico Crayfish

Origin

Maine and Connecticut in the east to Colorado and Wyoming in the west, and from Alabama in the south to Canada in the north. In Canada, it has been recorded from Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec although the populations in Quebec may be the result of introductions by anglers from New York; the Canadian populations are centerd in southern Ontario. It is believed to have been introduced to a number of states in New England, including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Sexing

Females have wider pleopods to hold eggs

Tank compatibility

Peaceful

Diet

Omnivorous; will scavenge, and eats worms, and insects inhabiting the substrate

Feeding regime

Daily

Environment Specifics

Planted tank

Behaviour

Mixes well

Identification

A close relation of Orconectes limosus.

Notes

This crayfish is the preferred food of Trout, Sunfish, and other gamefishes. This is good also in a pond.

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