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W. Va. Researcher Discovers New Crayfish Species, Named For Hatfield-McCoy Feud

Photo Credit: West Liberty University

Photo Credit: West Liberty University

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia researcher has discovered a new crayfish species and named it after one of the families in the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud.

Media outlets report that Zac Loughman chose the scientific name Cambarus hatfieldi for the new species. It also will be known as the Tug Valley crawfish.

Loughman is a West Liberty State University biologist. He says the reddish-orange crustacean is common on Mate Creek near Red Jacket, which is in the heart of Hatfield-McCoy country.

It’s the third new crayfish species Loughman has discovered.

The latest discovery became official last month when the academic journal Zootaxa published a paper by Loughman and four colleagues describing and naming the new species.

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