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 Burnie burrowing crayfish grows to a length of approximately six centimetres.
Burnie Burrowing Crayfish |
Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Engaeus yabbimunna
Climate change Habitat future Within Australia climate mediated threats; including impacts on alteration 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 Burnie burrowing crayfish in the future if changes in weather; water and drainage patterns result in broad scale habitat changes.
Other key threats include activities which degrade streamside habitat; such as agricultural and forestry activities; road work; mining and high intensity burning of streamside habitat (TSS 2016).
Fire Too frequent future High intensity fires; and the consequent effects on vegetation burning and habitat quality; may impact upon the Burnie burrowing crayfish (TSS 2016).