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Engaeus fultoni Smith and Schuster 1913

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Syntypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J3967 (intersexed), J3968 (intersexed).

Type Locality

Cape Otway. Riek (1969) described Beech Forest as the type locality; the specimen in the Museum of Victoria which comes from this locality is not part of the original series of specimens which Smith & Schuster (1913) used to describe E. fultoni (the syntypes; see Lew Ton & Poore 1987).


E. fultoni is found only in the Otway Region of southwestern Victoria.


The species is usually at an altitude of over 100 m, although it may rarely be found at seal level (for instance at Johanna River Reserve). E. fultoni typically occurs in wet sclerophyll forest dominated by Eucalyptus obliqua, E. regnans, Acacia melanoxylon and the occasional Nothofagus cunninghamii in the Otway Ranges, where it constructs either type 3 burrows in yellow-brown soils with a high clay component, or more usually type 2 burrows adjacent to water-courses. However, it has also been found in burrows in tea-tree swamps, or next to creeks in scrubby vegetation or in burrows along the banks of larger river systems (such as Aire, Cumberland or Gellibrand Rivers).


Horwitz, Pierre. 1990. A Taxonomic Revision of Species in the Freshwater Crayfish Genus Engaeus Erichson (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Invertebr. Taxon., 1990, 4, 427-614.

Lew Ton, H. M., and G. C. B. Poore. 1987. Types of Parastacidae (Crustacea: Decapoda) held in the Museum of Victoria. Occasional Papers from the Museum of Victoria 3, 21-29.

Riek, E. F. 1969. The Australian freshwater crayfish (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae). With descriptions of new species. Australian Journal of Zoology 17, 855-918.

Smith, G. W. and W. H. J. Schuster. 1913. The genus Engaeus, or the land crayfishes of Australia. Proceedings of the Zoological Society (London) 1913, 112-127.

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