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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 orramakunna

the Mt Arthur Burrowing Crayfish. Restricted in distribution to an area centred around Mt Arthur in NE Tas. Potentially
at risk from forestry and agricultural operations. Currently listed as Vulnerable under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act, and nominated for listing as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Endangered Species Protection Act. This species is one of the more land-adapted Engaeus species, and tends to have a smaller tail than many of the others.


A close-up shot of the underside of an egg-bearing female.