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Engaeus strictifrons Clark 1936

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Type material presumed lost (see Lew Ton & Poore 1987).


The distribution of this species in not clearly defined; at present it is known from the region between Port Macdonnell in South Australia to Warrnambool in Victoria. The most extensive collections come from the Dartmoor-Heywood area of western Victoria. At present the range of E. strictifrons is overlapped by the range of E. sericatus between Portland and Warrnambool.


E. strictifrons constructs deep, predominatly vertical burrows on the flood-plains, in the creeks, swamps or in the drainage channels of the western corner of Victoria and the southeastern corner of South Australia. The burrows were found to be exclusively type 2. On some flood-plains, formerly tea tree swamps but now cleared and partially drained, the burrows are constructed in silty or sandy black organic soils where very high, pelleted chimneys cap the openings, with each opening descending to 1 m where they develop a horizontal component; the horizontal tunnels frequently connect the vertical tunnels. Burrows in these soils are easily searched; however, burrows are more usually found in hard soils with a heavy clay component (clays brown or grey) and these burrows are almost impossible to explore without a small bulldozer and a handfull of dynamite.


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.

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.

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