Scottsdale Burrowing Crayfish  |  

Engaeus spinicaudatus

Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list

Species of Engaeus are small freshwater crayfish, with a general body length of under ten centimetres. Colouration among Engaeus species can vary from orange to reddish brown, to grey-blue or purple. The Scottsdale burrowing crayfish grows to a length of approximately 25 mm and is usually brown or purplish in colour.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Engaeus spinicaudatus

    Climate change Habitat potential Within Australia climate mediated threats; including impacts on alteration future water temperature and availability; are putting the conservation status of two thirds of all freshwater crayfish species at risk (Richman et al.; 2015).
    Climate change may affect the Scottsdale burrowing crayfish in the future if changes in weather; water and drainage patterns result in broad scale habitat changes.