Euastacus claytoniKeith A. Crandall
TypesHolotype, Australian Museum, Sydney P15728 (male); allotype, Australian Museum, Sydney P15729 (female); paratypes, Australian Museum, Sydney P15311 (5 male, 8 female).
DistributionThe species is distributed from the Craigie area, near the New South Wales and Victorian border, north through the Nimmitabel type localities to the vicinity of Captains Flat, a distance of 160 km along the Great Divide. The range is drained by tributaries of the Snowy, Tuross Murrumbidgee and Shoalhaven Rivers.
HabitatRiek (1969) did not descripe the type locality of E. claytoni, but the MacLaughlin River near Nimmitabel is narrow with deep (>2 m) pools and shallow rocky stretches, with grass and some sclerophyll forest along the banks. Much of the area has been cleared and no specimens were found there in 1981. Elsewhere the species was collected from streams mainly in granite country with poor temperate rainforest and tree ferns along the banks, dry sclerophyll on ridges. Specimens were collected at elevations over 800 m. Crayfish holes were very common among streams in the area, including several flowing through Pinus radiata plantations. Riek (1969) recorded in some detail the burrow of E. claytoni. Two or more surface holes, sometimes plugged with mud, lead to the burrow network, with a central chamber. A burrow extends to the water table.
Morgan, G. J. 1997. Freshwater Crayfish of the Genus Euastacus Clark (Decapoda: Parastacidae) from New South Wales, With a Key to all Species of the Genus. Records of the Australian Museum, supplement 23.
Riek, E. F. 1969. The Australian freshwater crayfish (Crustacea: Decapoda: Parastacidae), with descriptions of new species. Australian Journal of Zoology 17: 855-918.
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