Furneaux Burrowing CrayfishKeith A. Crandall
TypesHolotype, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3215 (Intersexed); allotype, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3216 (Intersexed reproductively active female); paratypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J14717 (Intersexed), J14718 (Intersexed reproductively active female).
DistributionThis species has only been found in the region of Mt. Strzelecki on Flinders Island, Bass Strait. It is quite possible that further searching will locate it in the higher, wetter gullies on Cape Barren Island.
HabitatAt the type locality for this species, specimens could be found in shallow, extensively ramifying burrows in the low banks of the upper reaches of small creeks on Mt. Strzelecki. Here the vegetation was characterised by Dicksonia antarctica, Cyathea australis, Todia sp. and other ferns, in sandy granitic soils. The burrows often had more than one opening (openings had small pelleted chimneys) and frequently ramified beneath rotting logs or the root matting of tree ferns.
Conservation StatusCategory: EN (Endangered)
Baillie, Jonathan, and Brian Groombridge. 1996. IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.
Horwitz, Pierre. 1990. A Taxonomic Revision of Species in the Freshwater Crayfish Genus Engaeus Erichson (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Invertebr. Taxon., 1990, 4, 427-614.
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Keith A. Crandall
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