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Euastacus spinifer Heller 1865

Keith A. Crandall
Containing group: Euastacus


Holotype, In Zoological Museum, Berlin [after Riek, 1969: 893]. Not examined.

Type Localilty

New Holland.


E. spinifer is distributed from the upper reaches of the Hastings River north-west of Port Macquarie, south through Sydney and the Blue Mountains to the vicinity of Clyde Mountain near Brooman, a range of approximately 100 km. The range is drained by numerous eastward flowing coastal streams.


The species was sampled at altitudes between 70 and 800 m a.s.l. but probably extends to lower altitudes where conditions are suitable. Inhabited streams are moderately to well shaded by dry sclerophyll and heath vegetation, occasionally with wet sclerophyll and temperate rainforest along the banks. Needless to say, much of the Sydney area has been drastically altered. Fishing and development pressures have concentrated populations of E. spinifer in relatively undisturbed areas of national park, state forest and water catchments.


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.

Heller, C. 1865. Crustaceen, pp 1-280. In Reise der osterreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859 unter den Befehlen des Commodore B. von Wullerstorf-Urbair. Zoologischer Theil 2(3). Kaiserlichkoniglichen Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, Wien.

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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