CSIRO Publishing, 2012. 235 pages, Octavo, paperback, colour photographs, line drawings.
Euastacus crayfish, often referred to as ‘spiny crayfish’ for the impressive arrays of spines on their hard armoured shells, are the largest of the 10 genera of Australian freshwater crayfish. This book discusses all 50 species known in Australia, from the iconic Giant Murray lobster that is fished by recreational fishers, to the exceedingly rare Euastacus maidae. These uniquely Australian species range from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria. The book discusses basic crayfish anatomy, moulting and growth, morphology, breeding, threats and diseases. It includes colour photographs for each species, as well as a glossary and further reading list.