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Engaeus curvisuturus Horwitz 1990

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Holotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J14695 (male); allotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J14696 (female); paratypes, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3197 (male), G3198 (female), Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J14697 (2 male).

Type Locality

Yarra River plains and slightly up the hill-slope, near bridge over Yarra River at Warburton, in partially cleared paddock in wet sclerophyll forest.


The distribution of this species is poorly known; at present its known range extends from the Mt. Baw Baw region in the east to Warburton in the West.


The type locality for this species consists of burrows in a flood-plain of the Yarra River in a partially cleared paddock in what was formerly wet sclerophyll forest. The burrows of this species could be found predominantly in the flood-plain (in grey clayey and silty soils), while those of E. affinis were mainly found in type 3 burrows on the slight rise to the side of the flood-plain (in soils with yellow clay); however this situation was confused when a small percentage of individuals of E. curvisuturus was found in type 3 burrows. E. affinis was found in type 3 burrows about 5 km from the site at Warburton, near Mt. Donna Buang. The burrows of E. curvisuturus consist of two or three opening which are each capped with conical chimneys and each descending to a depth of approximately 60-70 cm where they converge to a wide, common descending tunnel (which was frequently blocked with silt). In addition the burrow may have one or more blind tunnels which ascend but do not open on the surface.

Conservation Status

Category: EN (Endangered)
Criteria: B1+2c
Conservation Links:


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
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

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