New crayfish species named after West Virginia professor

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A biology professor in West Virginia who studies crayfish now has a new species named after him.

West Liberty University says in a news release that the blue, burrowing crayfish species is named after professor Zachary Loughman. The statement says the new species is found only in West Virginia.

The statement says a scientific paper about the new species was published in the latest issue of the Journal of Natural History. Among the numerous authors of the paper are two of Loughman’s former students.

The paper says Loughman’s work has contributing greatly to the understanding of Appalachian crayfish species.

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