This wide-ranging species is quite variable in color, but it is typically olive-green suffused with golden yellow. The antennae and many body parts are trimmed with bright red. A dark band crosses the head just in front of the cervical groove, and another crosses the carapace at its junction with the abdomen. The tips of the fingers are red, bordered in some populations by conspicuous black bands. This crayfish is distinguished from most other crayfish within its range by its olive-green and red coloration without conspicuous blotches or spots.