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Crustaceans

White-clawed crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes
The White-clawed crayfish is the only native crayfish species found in Ireland. It is mainly found in calcareous limestone areas. The numbers are declining throughout Ireland and Europe. The White-clawed crayfish is only found in one location in Clare, which is in Lough Derg.
Habitat: Freshwater rivers, streams and lakes.
What could or does threaten the population: Competition from non-native crayfish. Water pollution, overfishing and alterations to its habitat.