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A Guide to Australia’s Spiny Freshwater Crayfish

Paperback
October 2012
9780643103863
More details
  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    1st October 2012
  • ISBN 9780643103863
  • Language English
  • Pages 246 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.75"
  • Images line art & 117 color photos
$62.95

Referred to as the "Spiny Crayfishes" due to impressive arrays of spines on their hard armored 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, molting and growth, morphology, breeding, threats and diseases. It includes color 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.

Preface
Acknowledgements

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
Exoskeleton
Cephalothorax
Legs
Gills
Abdomen
Internal anatomy

Euastacus crayfish morphology

Moulting and growth

Breeding

Approximate natural distributions of the Euastacus species

Species descriptions

New species

Threats to Euastacus

Recreation fishing
Illegal fishing
Climate change
Habitat alteration
Exotic species
Conclusion

Diseases and ectocommensals

Glossary

References and further reading

Index

Robert B. McCormack

Robert B. McCormack is the Research and Aquaculture Director for Australian Aquatic Biological P/L. He is a Research Associate with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, 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.