Mallacoota Burrowing Crayfish
Keith A. Crandall
Holotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
J14712 (intersexed reproductively active female); allotype, Museum of Victoria Museum, Melbourne
J14713 (intersexed); paratypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
J14714 (intersexed reproductively active female), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
G3214 (intersexed reproductively active female).
Double Creek along Nature Trail, in Croajingolong National Park, on Genoa-Mallacoota Road, east Victoria.
The known distribution of this species is confined to two sites on the western region of Mallacoota Inlet, near the Victoria-New South Wales border.
The type locality consisted of a creek 1-2 m wide with steep and clear banks (free of vegetation) of predominantly silty and sandy soil in warm temperate rainforest. The burrows were located by openings which were always capped with large pelleted chimneys on the bank of the creek. These burrows descended into the bank at an oblique angle and were very complex in structure, branching frequently and very deep; the burrow was filled with water at the level of the creek but no connections to the creek were found (type 2 burrows). The complexity of the burrow structure coupled with the sandy, shifting soils made successful collections of animals very difficult despite their apparent abundance.
: EN (Endangered)
Other Names for Engaeus mallacoota
- Mallacoota Burrowing Crayfish
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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