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Louisiana State Crustacean

Crawfish close up - click to see all state fish & aquatic symbols
Crawfish © Louisiana artist Guy Fanguy (used by permission).
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Crawfish

Crawfish video

The crawfish was designated the official state crustacean of Louisiana in 1983. South Louisiana is the crawfish capital of the world. Also called crayfish, mudbugs or crawdads, the crawfish resembles a very small lobster. Coloring varies depending on the water it lives in. There are more than 500 species of crawfish (Procambarus clarkii), over half live in North America. In Louisiana, two species are harvested: the red swamp and the white river crawfish.

Fighting crawfish - click to see all state fish & water-life symbols
Fighting Crawfish from: Louisiana Wetlands - An American Resource
(used by permission). See All State Fish & Aquatic Symbols.

Native Americans harvested crawfish by baiting reeds with venison (deer meat). Louisiana produces 100 million pounds of crawfish per year and was the first state to adopt an official crustacean.

Source:
Welcome to Louisiana State: Lacombe Heritage Center
Crawfish: Sea Grant - U of Delaware
Live crawfish facts: Cajun Crawfish Shop
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Louisiana Symbols & Icons:

bird - dog
mammal
reptile - insect
crustacean  
amphibian
fish - salt. fish
flower - plant
wildflower
vegetable
tree - soil
fossil - mineral
heritage

flag - seal
motto - pledge
name - nickname
song 1-2-3-4
dance - quarter
instrument
painting - poems
museum
colors- tartan
fruit - meat pie
cuisine - jellies
drink- donut
 

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