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A Guide to Australia's Spiny Freshwater Crayfish

Field / Identification Guide
  • Concise information to identify the species in their area
  • Covers all the species in Australia
  • Quality colour photographs of all species, many of which have never been photographed before.

By: Robert B McCormack(Author)

235 pages, colour photos. b/w illustrations


Paperback | Jul 2012 | #198849 | ISBN-13: 9780643103863
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About this book

Referred to as the 'Spiny Crayfishes' due to impressive arrays of spines on their hard armoured shells, Euastacus crayfish are the largest of the 10 genera of Australian freshwater crayfish. This book discusses all 50 species found in Australia, from the iconic giant Murray lobster that is fished by recreational fishers, to the exceedingly rare and tiny species Euastacus maidae.

These uniquely Australian species range from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. Many are found in or around our major population areas. The book discusses basic crayfish anatomy, moulting and growth, morphology, breeding, threats and diseases. It includes colour photographs for each species, as well as a glossary and further reading list.

A Guide to Australia’s Spiny Freshwater Crayfish will be of interest to researchers, conservationists, land managers, libraries and crayfish enthusiasts.

"This excellent new book from CSIRO PUBLISHING makes a great leap forward towards introducing these beautiful and significant invertebrates to Australians and in doing so, I hope, igniting community conscience for the need to better conserve this unique biodiversity in the face of the multiple threats it currently faces."
- Jonathan Marshall, Metamorphosis Australia, December 2012



Freshwater crayfish of Australia
Genus Euastacus
Identification of crayfish
Giant spiny crayfish
Intermediate spiny crayfish
Dwarf spiny crayfish
Species group distributions
Major groups and morphological features
Habitat and distribution
Population densities and distributions
Basic anatomy
Internal anatomy
Euastacus crayfish morphology
Moulting and growth
Approximate natural distributions of the Euastacus species
Species descriptions
New species
Threats to Euastacus

Recreation fishing
Illegal fishing
Climate change
Habitat alteration
Exotic species
Diseases and ectocommensals

References and further reading

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Robert McCormack is the Research and Aquaculture Director for Australian Aquatic Biological P/L. He is a Research Associate with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, Secretary of the NSW Aquaculture Association Inc. and team leader of the privately funded Australian Crayfish Project, which conducts biological studies of every creek and stream in Australia, collecting and identifying crustaceans. Robert has a passion for freshwater crayfish and travels across Australia to find and photograph them.

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