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Cherax quadricarinatus (von Martens, 1868) is a large parastacid crayfish (Decapoda: Parastacidae) native to Australia and Papua New Guinea. Due to various factors, C. quadricarinatus is an emerging invasive species in an increasing number of regions across the world. Deleterious ecological effects of C. quadricarinatus introduction have been documented in many of these regions, and its spread has been monitored and restricted where possible. Previously, only a small, isolated population of C. quadricarinatus in southern California had been reported within the continental United States. Here, we report the collection of three adult C. quadricarinatus from Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, the first record of this species in the state and only the second record for the continental United States. Given the connectivity of aquatic habitats in the area and the duration for which the population has likely been present, there is evidence that C. quadricarinatus is poised to invade subtropical watersheds of the southern United States. The ecological effects of C. quadricarinatus on aquatic ecosystems in the region are not yet fully understood, but further research is warranted to effectively mitigate negative impacts that may occur and to guide efforts to manage or eradicate these populations


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