Engaeus spinicaudatus

Engaeus spinicaudatus, the Scottsdale burrowing crayfish, is a species of crayfish in the family Parastacidae. This species is only found in Tasmania, Australia.[2] It is a medium-size burrowing crayfish with an adult carapace length of about 25 millimeters. It usually brown or purplish in color.[2] The species is primarily found in wet buttongrass and healthy plains, but also occurs in surface seepages, floodplains of creeks and wet areas converted to pasture.[2]

Engaeus spinicaudatus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Suborder: Pleocyemata
Family: Parastacidae
Genus: Engaeus
E. spinicaudatus
Binomial name
Engaeus spinicaudatus
Horwitz, 1990


The principle threats to this species are clearance of native vegetation and lowering of the water table as a result of forestry and agricultural activities. Other threats include downstream effects and road construction and quarrying and the impacts of inappropriate fire management.[2]


  1. ^ Doran, N.; Horwitz, P. (2010). "Engaeus spinicaudatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2010: e.T7741A12846609. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-3.RLTS.T7741A12846609.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Scottsdale Burrowing Crayfish - Threatened Species Link". www.threatenedspecieslink.tas.gov.au. Retrieved 2021-11-18.


  • Doran, N. & Horwitz, P. 2010. Engaeus spinicaudatus. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2017.