Australian Aquatic Biological

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Researching Euastacus Hirsutus

After our research on Euastacus dharawalus above Fitzroy Falls the next stage was further research on the species in the surrounding area. I was fortunate to have both Justin Stanger and Dean Gilligan from NSW DPI Fisheries to join me on this greater area survey.

Dean Gilligan, Justin Stanger and Rob McCormack, Dharawal Creek, Robertson, NSW

Euastacus hirsutus

Euastacus hirsutus

We surveyed a number of streams around Robertson and Budderoo National Park and all contained healthy populations of Euastacus hirsutus which was a good sign but also large numbers of Cherax destructor an invasive crayfish species was capture in the area.


Research & Aquaculture Director for Australian Aquatic Biological P/L
Team Leader for The Australian Crayfish Project
Director of Mid West Yabby & Fish Traders and RBM Aquaculture
Secretary of NSW Aquaculture Assoc Inc
Research Associate for Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Honorary Research Fellow, Queensland Museum

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  1. Nic VlattasFebruary 12, 2020 at 10:42 pmReply

    Hey guys I live in coledale at the base of the escarpment and have been finding populations of what I believe to be E hirsutus , some populations are literally on the side of the road at some risk

    • Robert McCormackFebruary 13, 2020 at 5:19 amReply

      Euastacus hirsutus is a very robust species that will live anywhere there is permanent groundwater, seepages and roadside drains are most suitable for them. They will wander at night and that is where it becomes a bit tricky as they will wander along the road, especially when wet. Fingers crossed they can avoid encounters with cars.

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