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Euastacus kershawi Smith 1912

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Euastacus


Lectotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J869 (male); paralectotypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J11922 (male, male (dissected)).

Type Locality

Victoria, Moe River, Gippsland.


The species occurs at elevations from sea level to 250 m a.s.l. (and probably slightly higher) in southerly flowing streams from Gippsland, Victoria, from near the New South Wales border in the east to mountains approximately 80 km east of Melbourne, a distance of approximately 320 km. Heavy amateur fishing and land development may have severly reduced the range of E. kershawi in major rivers near human settlement (e.g., Latrobe River).


Vegetation along streams is commonly Eucalyptus spp. (including E. regnans) and tree ferns (Cyathea) though sometimes the crayfish is found in dry sclerophyll forest and in cleared pasture if vegetation persists along creek banks.


Morgan, G. J. 1986. Freshwater crayfish of the genus Euastacus (Decapoda: Parastacidae) from Victoria. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 47(1): 1-57.

Smith, G. 1912. The freshwater crayfishes of Australia. Proc. zool. Soc. Lond. 1912: 144-71.

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Keith A. Crandall
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

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