Animal Species:Small Sydney Crayfish

The Small Sydney Crayfish prefers relatively undisturbed areas and is found in freshwater creeks and streams in Sydney. This crayfish is commonly referred to as a freshwater lobster, spiny lobster or spiny crayfish.

Standard Common Name

Small Sydney Crayfish

Identification

The Small Sydney Crayfish's body is covered in blunt spines, particularly on the tail and the claws. Its colour varies dramatically and specimens found in the Blue Mountains are bright red and look like they have been cooked. Those found in Sydney are a brown-red colour with rows of blunt spines and large red-tipped claws.

Size range

6 cm

Distribution

The Small Sydney Crayfish is found in the Sydney area to Wollongong and Blue Mountains.

Habitat

The Small Sydney Crayfish lives in freshwater.

Classification

Species:
australasiensis
Genus:
Euastacus
Order:
Decapoda
Class:
Malacostraca
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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