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Engaeus victoriensis Smith and Schuster 1913

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Engaeus


Lectotype [designated by Riek (1969) lost]. Paralectotypes, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J3877 (male), J3878 (male, female), J3879 (2 male), J3888 (male), J3892 (male, female), J3895 (male), J3897 (female), J3905 (male).


The species is found in the foothills to the north-west, west, and south of the Dandenong Ranges, from Panton Hill in the north to Flinders in the south on the Mornington Peninsula. Early reports of this species (Smith & Schuster 1913; Clark 1936) refer to the species being found in what are now suburbs of Melbourne (i.e. Box Hill, Croydon and Ringwood); these populations may be slowly eliminated. The apparent disjunct distribution between populations at Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula needs to be investigated.


At Olinda, E. victoriensis can be found in either type 2 or type 3 burrows in grey, clay-dominated soils in wet sclerophyll forest at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges.


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.

Riek, E. F. 1969. The Australian freshwater crayfish (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae). With descriptions of new species. Australian Journal of Zoology 17, 855-918.

Smith, G. W. and W. H. J. Schuster. 1913. The genus Engaeus, or the land crayfishes of Australia. Proceedings of the Zoological Society (London) 1913, 112-127.

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