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Engaeus laevis Clark 1941

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Holotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J11617 (female).

Type Locality



E. laevis is one of only two species of Engaeus which can be found in both Victoria and Tasmania. In Victoria it is found in Gippsland, south of the Great Dividing Range and occupies two largely disjunct regions, namely South Gippsland from Bunyip River in the west, to the south of Sale (with a record of specimens from Meeniyan from the southern side of the Eastern Strzelecki Range), and East Gippsland from Orbost to Genoa. In Tasmania it can be found in the rivers and creek systems flowing into the Bass Strait in the north-east only. E. laevis has not been found on Flinders Island (despite extensive collections from this island).


E. laevis is always found in lowland areas in either close proximity to standing or permanent water or in areas which are reliably inundated. The burrows of this species are usually simple, short, and straight-shafted tunnels in the banks of creeks or pools of water, and therefore E. laevis occupies either type 1a or 1b habitats.


Clark, E. 1936. The freshwater and land crayfishes of Australia. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria 10, 5-58.

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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