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A special thank you to Dr Niall Doran of the Department of Primary Industry, Water and Environment of Tasmania. He was supplied a number of images of Tasmanian Engaeus crayfish. Niall has done a lot of work on these crayfish and brief notes from Niall are attached to most images. Niall is also an author, checkout the web site at Desdichardo Publishing.

Text by Niall Doran

Engaeus cisternarius

Has a wide distribution from NW to SW Tas. As with
E. orramkunna, this is one of the more land-adapted Engaeus species, and tends to have a smaller tail than many of the others.

Engaeus cunicularius

Has a very wide distribution, covering the north
coast of Tasmania, several Bass Strait islands, and parts of Victoria. It's one of only two Engaeus species found in both Tasmania and Victoria. Often found in very wet areas, it has a noticeably large tail in comparison to some other Engaeus species. It took a lot of digging to catch this guy!

Engaeus fosser

Has a wide distribution, mainly in NW Tas but extending
into the SW. It is one of the more aquatic species of Engaeus, and tends to have a noticeably larger tail than the more land-adapted species.