By Jessica Meszaros • Jan 3, 2018
The Panama City crayfish is listed on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website as a “Species of Special Concern.” Now the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service proposes it be a federally protected species.
Federal wildlife officials proposed Tuesday to protect a crayfish only found in Bay County under the Endangered Species Act.
The Panama City crayfish is only about 2 inches long, it’s tan-colored and has red dots on its head. There are only 13 populations found in Bay County with less than 100 crustaceans in each habitat.
Tierra Curry, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity, says all the Panama City crayfish historically lived together in wetlands of the Pine Flatwood Forest, but then they were separated as the land was developed.
“The crayfish have been pushed into these little habitats like ditches and swells,” she says.
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