By John Fisher
John Fisher, author of Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri’s State Symbols, shares some fun facts on our state invertebrate, the crayfish.
- Crayfish live in a variety of aquatic environments throughout the state, including surface streams, swamps and marshes, burrows away from surface water, and underground streams in caves.
- The state is home to more than thirty species, some found only in Missouri.
- Crayfish, also known as crawdads and crawfish, are becoming increasingly popular as a food item. They can be prepared like lobster. Crayfish farming, the production of crayfish in controlled, shallow ponds, is a growing industry.
- The idea to have the crayfish as Missouri’s state invertebrate originated with an elementary class at Reeds Spring.
- The crayfish became the state invertebrate June 21, 2007.
This story originally ran in the October 2009 issue of Missouri Life.