Granular Burrowing Crayfish (Photo: Greg Hollis) Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish Richards Burrowing Crayfish Lowland Burrowing Crayfish (Photo: Greg Hollis) Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish Warragul Burrowing Crayfish

Threatened Burrowing Crayfish of

West Gippsland

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Burrowing Crayfish of West Gippsland

Who’s Who In The Underground Zoo?

There are nine species of burrowing crayfish that occur within West Gippsland (refer table 1 & table 2 for information on these species). Five of these are endemic (restricted) to the region and three have special protection and are listed under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. These include the Narracan, Strzelecki and Warragul Burrowing Crayfish. Same place, difference space Different species of crayfish can occur together creating a rich and diverse crayfish fauna. Where several species live together, they often occupy different spaces or niches within the landscape. This is known as micro-habitat separation. Small scale variations in physical features of the landscape (e.g. moisture, topography, soil type) result in different microhabitats. At a given site occupied by Warragul Burrowing Crayfish for example,   the stream bank-water interface may be home to Richards Burrowing           Crayfish (Engaeus laevis), the stream banks may be occupied by Granular and/or           Lowland Burrowing Crayfish (E. cunicularius & E. quadrimanus), the floodplain by Warragul Burrowing Crayfish (E. sternalis), the higher ground occupied by Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish           (E. hemicirratulus) and  Spiny crayfish (Euastacus) may be found in the waterways. Burrowing Crayfish Species of West Gippsland
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Burrowing Crayfish Features

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Warragul Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus sternalis)

(more info)

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Granular Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus cunicularius)

(Photo: Greg Hollis)

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Strzelecki Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus rostrogaleatus)

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Narracan Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus phyllocercus)

(more info)

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Lowland Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus quadrimanus)

(Photo: Greg Hollis)

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Richards Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus laevis)

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Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus hemicirratulus)

South Gippsland Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus karnanga)

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Lily Pilly Burrowing Crayfish

(Engaeus Australis)

Lily Pilly Burrowing Crayfish

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Narracan Burrowing Crayfish Burrowing Crayfish Features