Late December 2012 we had an expedition along the McPherson Range and into Springbrook National Park in Queensland. This was the first of a series of surveys in south eastern Queensland and northern NSW. We are specifically surveying for Cherax and Euastacus crayfish but are recording all crustaceans captured. Paul and I surveyed all the popular tourist areas within Springbrook National Park as well as some of the more unusual areas.
Paul and I camped at The Settlement campground which was quite pleasant.
The weather was less than perfect and finding our way through the forest was less than easy.
Paul catching Euastacus sulcatus in Purling Brook.
The streams in Springbrook national park were full of Euastacus sulcatus. This E. sulcatus from the Tallebudgera Creek drainage had juveniles under her tail.
This male Euastacus sulcatus from the Little Nerang River was out at night and we spotlighted large numbers of Euastacus during our night time surveys.
Frogs were common throughout the area, not sure what this is. Perhaps a Loveridge’s Mountain Frog (Philoria loveridgei) from Tallebudgera Drainage at 800m. If anyone can let me know what it is that would be great.
Larger frogs liker this were common at night in the Little Nerang Drainage at 750 m.
Dragonflies were also common around the streams and rainforest.
Paul with an adult Hinterland crayfish Euastacus maidae.
Our surveys of Springbrook National Park and the McPherson Range was extremely enlightening and we will revisit the area for more intensive surveys in the future. Our thanks to the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service for all their help and assistance with our preliminary surveys.