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Engaeus spinicaudatus Horwitz 1990

Scottsdale Burrowing Crayfish

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Holotype, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3228 (Male); allotype, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3229 (Female); paratypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J14737 (Male), J14738 (Female), Talmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart G3230 (Female).

Type Locality

Buttongrass plain at second crossing of Surveyors Creek after Scottsdale on Old Waterhouse Road, NE. Tasmania.


This species has only been found in buttongrass plains and flood plains surrounding or near Surveyors Creek, north of Scottsdale in north-east Tasmania.


Burrows of E. spinicaudatus were found in the peaty soils of a buttongrass plain and in the flood plain adjacent to the creek in type 2 habitat. The typical burrow of the species was with two entrances each descending to an approximate depth of 0.5 m where they converged, with a single tunnel then descending further to a slightly enlarged chamber terminally.

Conservation Status

Category: EN (Endangered)
Criteria: B1+2c
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Other Names for Engaeus spinicaudatus Horwitz 1990


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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