Towards a cohesive strategy for the conservation of the United States’ diverse and highly endemic crayfish fauna

Christopher A. Taylor, Robert J. DiStefano, Eric R. Larson, James Stoeckel

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Abstract

Freshwater biodiversity of the United States has long been recognized for its high level of species richness. The US crayfish fauna is richer than that found in any other country or continent in the world. Crayfishes are critically important members of freshwater ecosystems and have long been utilized for human consumption. Combined, these factors argue for effective conservation. When compared to other diverse aquatic groups such as fishes or unionid mussels, conservation efforts for US crayfishes are lacking. We review here, knowledge gaps that prevent effective conservation and past and ongoing crayfish conservation and management activities. We conclude by proposing a strategy of actions to improve the conservation standing of this important group of organisms. These action items include improved outreach efforts, funding and research to fill numerous knowledge gaps, and the inclusion of crayfishes in broader scale aquatic conservation activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-58
Number of pages20
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume846
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

Keywords

  • Action items
  • Aquatic
  • Knowledge gaps
  • Management actions
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science

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