Rare Florida Crayfish To Be Studied

Oct 31, 2019

Big-cheek cave crayfish live in the Ocala National Forest.
Credit Robbie Gaffney / WFSU

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is getting new funds to study endangered crayfish. Two rare species live in Florida.

Not many people have seen the big-cheeked cave crayfish. Its eyes look like pearls and its shell is bone-white. It swims in the dark waters of caves. Less than a dozen confirmed cases of the creature exist--which is why the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida wants to study the animal. The organization is giving $4,300 to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. It will also fund a study of the Silver Glen Springs cave crayfish--another endangered species. The money comes from the purchase of a specialty license plate. It reads “Protect Florida Springs” and features a scuba diver. When someone buys the plate $25 dollars go to projects like helping the crayfish.