Baited lines: An active nondestructive collection method for burrowing crayfish

Southeastern Naturalist
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A new method (baited lines) is described for the collection of burrowing crayfishes, where fishing hooks baited with earthworms and tied to monofilament leaders are used to lure crayfishes from their burrow entrances. We estimated capture rates using baited lines at four locations across West Virginia for a total of four crayfish taxa; the taxa studied were orange, blue, and blue/orange morphs of Cambarus dubius (Upland Burrowing Catfish), and C. thomai (Little Brown Mudbug). Baited-line capture rates were lowest for C. thomai (81%; n = 21 attempts) and highest for the orange morph ofC. dubius (99%; n = 13 attempts). The pooled capture rate across all taxa was 91.5% (n = 50 attempts). Baited lines represent an environmentally nondestructive method to capture burrowing crayfishes without harm to individuals, and without disturbing burrows or the surrounding area. This novel method allows for repeat captures and long-term studies, providing a useful sampling method for ecological studies of burrowing crayfishes.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Baited lines: An active nondestructive collection method for burrowing crayfish
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/058.012.0427
Volume 12
Issue 4
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Eagle Hill Institute
Contributing office(s) Coop Res Unit Leetown
Description 7 p.
First page 809
Last page 815
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