Wales of the British Isles. Austropotamobus

Text by Pat O'Reilly, photo Melvin Grey of
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White-clawed Crayfish

These fascinating crustaceans
Austropotamobius pallipes were once abundant in England and Wales, but now they are found in only a few Welsh rivers and lakes. The upper River Severn and its tributaries and many parts of the River Wye still have good stocks of crayfish. A limiting factor to their abundance is their need for alkaline water for the production of the carapace, or shell.

An alien species, the signal crayfish, has been imported into Britain in recent years. With it has come a disease which our native crayfish cannot survive. For this reason, it is now prohibited to transfer signal crayfish from one place to another

Another photograph of this species is on the Austrian crayfish page.