This medium-small crayfish is light reddish brown to gray, thickly dusted with darker specks. Its rostrum (the portion of the carapace between the eyes, which projects forward) is unusually long, with the acumen (tip) longer than the base. The carapace is not separated at its middle by a space (areola). The pincers are narrow and weak. The color pattern, shape of the rostrum, and absence of an areola will distinguish this crayfish from other species within its range.
Similar species: The gray-speckled crayfish is somewhat similar in appearance, but it has heavier pincers and a shorter rostrum. Juveniles of the red swamp crayfish have a much shorter acumen.