White Tubercled Crayfish (Procambarus Spiculifer)




Maximum Size: 8-15cm

The White Tubercled Crayfish (Procambarus Spiculifer) is a wonderful representative of the many beautiful crayfish that are native to the United States. It occurs in multiple color varieties, most of which are a strikingly marbled brown/tan pattern, although other colors are also often present. One of the most unique characteristics of this crayfish is the coloration of its claws, which are usually dark in color with contrasting white tubercles all over the claws. The claws also often have red or orange tips.

Though most crayfish are often reclusive by nature, this particular crayfish is very active by comparison and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food.  The White Tubercled Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods.  This crayfish should not be kept with ornamental live plants as it will eat them at a surprising rate.

As it reaches adulthood, the White Tubercled Crayfish can become relatively territorial, so it may behave aggressively towards other animals in the tank.  It is important that ample hiding places such as rockwork, driftwood, or PVC pipes be provided.  This is even more crucial when housing multiple crayfish in the same tank.  Due to the size and waste production of this crayfish, a minimum 30-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult.  A larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size.  This is a very hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

1.Temperature: 65 – 76° F (18 – 24° C)

2.pH: 6.5 – 7.5

3.KH: 6 – 15 dKH

4.Minimum tank size: 30 gallons


1.Generally less harmful to plants than many crayfish species

2.Rare and unique

3.Excellent scavenger


Omnivorous. High-quality sinking pellets, plants, and freeze-dried or frozen meaty foods will be readily accepted. Cuttlebone should be added to the aquarium to supplement calcium, which will aid in exoskeleton production.


Fast-moving fish (such as Celestial Pearl Danios, Rasboras, Guppies, etc.). While dwarf shrimp can be kept successfully with these crayfish, caution should be exercised, as the crayfish have been known to catch and eat slow, sick, or particularly small shrimp.  Most cichlids can be aggressive toward crayfish and should not be kept in the same tank. Bottom-dwelling tankmates should also be avoided.

All pictures shown are for illustration purposes only. Actual product may vary due to natural variation with livestock.