The specific name steveirwini is in memory of an Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin, who died from a stingray injury in 2006. The genus name was a favourite exclamation of Steve Irwin's, "crikey!" being an Australian minced oath. The snail species was described by John Stanisic, a scientist at the Queensland Museum who was later awarded Certified Environmental Practitioner of the Year 2010.
Crikey steveirwini occurs in the north-eastern part of Queensland, Australia, in the tropical rain forests also known as the Wet Tropics. Crikey steveirwini is an arboreal species. It has been found at altitudes over 1000 meters.
The small, rare species has a high spire and is creamy yellow with coppery brown spiral bands. It can reach 15 millimetres (0.59 in) in size.
To date, it has only been found at a few localities in the Central Wet Tropics region of north-eastern Queensland.
- Stanisic, J. (2009). "Crikey steveirwini gen. et sp. nov. from montane habitats in the Wet Tropics of northeastern Queensland, Australia (Gastropoda: Eupulmonata: Camaenidae)" (PDF Abstract). Zootaxa. 2206: 62–68. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 October 2017.
- "Crikey! Snail named after Steve Irwin". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 November 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
- "Steve Irwin's Treesnail". Dr John Stanisic's official website Facts About Snails. Archived from the original on 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
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