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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.

Engaeus mairener

Has a wide distribution in NE Tas. It is also one of
the more aquatic species of Engaeus, and is usually found in much wetter habitat than other species from the same area. This photo shows two adult lab specimens which, unusually, were happy to inhabit the same burrow and stayed in close proximity to each other.

Engaeus martigener, the Furneaux Burrowing Crayfish.
Restricted in distribution to only three (known) high altitude regions on Flinders Island and Cape Barren Island in Bass Strait. At risk due to its very small populations and possible loss of habitat due to the combined effects of natural disturbances such as fire and drought. Currently nominated as Vulnerable under both the Tasmanian Threatened Species
Protection Act and the Commonwealth Endangered Species Protection Act.