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TEXAS ALMANAC 1992-1993
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This colorful crayfish was discovered in the Parkhill
Prairie area of Collin County in 1990.
Newly Discovered Species
Found in Texas
Two newly discovered species - one a North Central
Texas crayfish, the other a far West Texas yellow violet -
were announced during 1990. So far, both have been
found only in Texas.
The crayfish discovery was made by Ken Steigman,
curator of natural sciences at the Heard Natural Science
Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Steigman
was working in the Parkhill Prairie area of Collin County,
a protected tallgrass prairie, on a grant from the county
to study the prairie's animal life. The crayfish (Procam-
barus girardiella steigmani) was caught in one of
Steigman's snake traps. Crayfish resemble miniature
lobsters, and the male of this particular species has a
red body with blue sides, rough-textured pincers and
an unusual pattern of teeth. The zoologist emeritus of
the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., veri-
fied that the new mudbug was indeed a never-before-
known species. The tallgrass prairie where the crayf-
ish lives benefits from the tiny crustacean's burrow-
ing, which aerates the soil.
The yellow violet was discovered in the Guadalupe
Mountains National Park near El Paso by Park Ranger
Brent Wauer in 1987. The plant, whose scientific name is
Viola guadalupensis, has been described as "small,
beautiful and tough as a boot." Admirers of Stormie
Jones, who was the world's first heart and liver trans-
plant patient, say that the West Texas girl exhibited
those same characteristics during her seven-year fight
to survive. After Stormie's death on Nov. 11, 1990, at
the age of 13, they campaigned successfully to give the
plant the common name of "the Stormie Jones violet."
) The Guadalupe Mountains National Park in far West
Texas is home to this newly discovered yellow violet.
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Kingston, Mike. Texas Almanac, 1992-1993, book, 1991; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth279642/m1/30/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.