Orconectes rusticus (Girard, 1852) (ITIS)
Ohio River drainage (Wilson et al. 2004)
First discovered outside of its native range in Wisconsin in the 1960s (DiDonato and Lodge 1993)
Probably through bait bucket releases (DiDonato and Lodge 1993)
Competes with native crayfish species and causes a decline in native species abundance (DiDonato and Lodge 1993)
Great Lakes Region, New England, and Eastern U.S.
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DiDonato, G.T. and D.M. Lodge. 1993. Species replacements among Orconectes crayfishes in Wisconsin lakes: the role of predation by fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 50(7):1484-1488.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Orconectes rusticus. [Accessed Sep 10, 2014].
Wilson, K.A., J.J. Magnuson, D.M. Lodge, A.M. Hill, T.K. Kratz, W.L. Perry, and T.V. Willis. 2004. A long-term rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) invasion: dispersal patterns and community change in a north temperate lake. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61(11):2255-2266.