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Euastacus bispinosus Clark 1941

Glenelg River Cray

Keith A. Crandall
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Containing group: Euastacus


Holotype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J875 (female); paratype, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne J873 (female).

Type Locality

Victoria, Glenelg River.


The species inhabits the Glenelg River and its tributaries of western Victoria and is also present in Ewens Ponds south of Mt. Gambier, South Australia. Zeidler (1982) recorded E. bispinosus from small coastal streams east of Port MacDonnell (SA) to the Glenelg River. The Range extends from close to sea level to altitudes of 320 m and probably slightly greater elevations in areas of the Gramians.


Vegetation at low sites includes Eucalyptus and Leptospermum species, bracken (Pterdium), with wet sclerophyll forest and pine plantations in areas. In the Grampians, sites are bordered by heath, with vines and ferns in some sheltered valleys.

Conservation Status

Category: VU (Vulnerable)
Criteria: A1ade
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Other Names for Euastacus bispinosus Clark 1941


Baillie, Jonathan, and Brian Groombridge. 1996. IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals.

Clark, E. 1941. Revision of the genus Euastacus (crayfishes, family Parastacidae) with notes on the distribution of certain species. Mem. natn. Mus. Vict. 12: 7-30.

Crandall, Keith A., James W. Fetzner, Jr., Carlos G. Jara, and Ludwig Buckup. 2000. On the Phylogenetic Positioning of the South American Freshwater Crayfish Genera (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 20(3): 530-540.

Morgan, G. J. 1986. Freshwater crayfish of the genus Euastacus (Decapoda: Parastacidae) from Victoria. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 47(1): 1-57.

Zeidler, W. 1982. South Australian freshwater crayfish. S. Aust. Nat. 56: 36-43.

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