Local shrimping couple catches out-of-the-ordinary 'shrimp'
September 10, 2013
A couple of weeks ago, marine education instructor, Nicole Cotten, received a phone call from Arthur and Caroline Neal. They were shrimping in Lake Boudreaux, a few miles north of LUMCON, and caught an animal that they have never seen in all of the 40 years they have been trawling in coastal Louisiana. They nicknamed their catch the craw shrimp.
The specimen was brought to LUMCON yesterday, and was identified as Orconectes lancifer or the 'shrimp crayfish'. The specimen is not actually a shrimp, but one of the many species of crawfish found in Louisiana. This species is slightly different from the well-known Red Swamp Crawfish, Procambarus clarkii. The shrimp crayfish is mottled, more sluggish and spawns later in year.