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Engaeus cunicularius Erichson 1846

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Holotype, Zoology Museum, Humboldt University, Berlin 1122 (intersexed).

Type Locality



This species is one of only two species from the genus Engaeus which can be found in both Victoria and Tasmania (Horwitz 1988).


E. cunicularius predominatly occurs at low altitudes, except in the area around Korumburra where it can be found at altitudes of up to 350 m. The habitat utilisation of E. cunicularius is typified at Labertouche, where the creek is 1.5-2 m wide and up to 0.5 m deep (at its mean level), with vertical banks at least 0.5 m high. The burrows were found in abundance in close proximity to the junction of the bank and the creek; they ramified both above and below the mean water-level. The more complex, older, burrow systems were of type 2; those shorter, apparently new constructed burrows were of type 1b.


Crandall, Keith A., James W. Fetzner, Jr., Carlos G. Jara, and Ludwig Buckup. 2000. On the Phylogenetic Positioning of the South American Freshwater Crayfish Genera (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 20(3): 530-540.

Erichson, W. F. 1846. Verberischt der Arten der Gattung Astacus. Archives fur Naturgeschichte 12, 86-103.

Horwitz, P. 1988. Sea level fluctuations and the distributions of some freshwater crayfishes of the genus Engaeus (Decapoda; Parastacidae) in the Bass Strait area. Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 39, 497-502.

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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