The Crayfish Fanclub Newsletter - January 1997

The Crayfish Fan Club Newsletter.

Welcome to the Crayfish Fan Club Newsletter.
January 1997
I would like to take this opportunity to greet new members and to thank everyone for their contribution to the Crayfish Fanclub which you can send via email. Contribution ensures the continuation of the Crayfish Fan Club and the Crayfish Corner website. Please send your crayfish articles, pics, jokes, songs, stories and comments to me at the address below. The information below is exclusive to Crayfish Fan Club members but will be posted on the Crayfish Corner in a few weeks after you receive this.

Crayfish News / Gossip

This month has seen a huge change in the Crayfish Corner's popularity as Alta Vista, the popular Internet search engine placed the Crayfish Corner at the top of the list after a search for 'crayfish' and then promptly removed it completly from the index. The Crayfish Corner undertook a major change in its presentation of information and became more organised. A crayfish joke submission form was introduced and I am proud to announce that it has been used and jokes have been submitted (check out http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/7648/humour.htm#jokes). Also a link to Chuck, the Redclaw Guy was added for those wishing to purchase crayfish. In other news, a few ideas have emerged regarding a completly new look Crayfish Corner or maybe just a new section. New things could be some sort of Internet / fishing net pun and an introduction of a Crayfish (and friends) Hall of Fame, this might include such characters as Celine Crayfish, Russell Mussell, Sam Clam, etc. Oh, and a futuristic verion where everyone lives on the 'Starfish Enterprise' :). I'd love your contribuations.

Crayfish Info

The first article this month is a general introduction and description of crayfish: Crayfish, common name for any crustacean resembling but smaller than their relatives the lobsters, ranging in length from 2 to 40 cm (0.8 to 16 in); the first of their five pairs of walking legs is equipped with strong claws. Crayfish live in freshwater rivers and streams in temperate climates; one family is confined to the northern hemisphere, another to the southern hemisphere, and a third to the Australian region. Crayfish usually burrow into the banks of streams or ponds and feed upon live or decaying animal or vegetable matter. The male inserts sperm into a receptacle in the female's thorax in the autumn; the eggs, laid in the spring, are then fertilized and hatch in eight weeks or less. The young remain with the mother for a short while; after several moults, they reach adult size. The animals can live for three years or longer. The European crayfish is particularly prized for food despite its small size. Some cave-dwelling crayfish species are blind. Scientific classification: Crayfish belong to the families Astacidae (northern hemisphere), Austroastacidae (Australian region), and Parastacidae (southern hemisphere) of the order Decapoda. The European crayfish is classified as Astacus pallipes.

Crayfish Pics


Murray River Crayfish Although identical in shape to the marine lobster, the freshwater crayfish is more adaptable, being able to live in streams, ponds, and even terrestrial burrows. In some agricultural areas of Spain, crayfish are so abundant they are considered pests.

Bye

Next month: loads of info on crustaceans and some disected crayfish pics.