Scientists have found the giant craysfish (Crayus spp.) are more commonly found in Tasmania than anywhere else in Australia.
Photo: Joe Armao/Getty ImagesThe research was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Melbourne.
“It is generally accepted that giant cratesfish are more widespread than they used to be,” lead researcher Dr John Foulkes said.
“However, we didn’t know how often giant cratefish actually occur in Tasmania.”
In the new paper, we used a new, innovative dataset of cray fauna in Tasmania and were able to provide a more complete picture of the distribution of crates in Tasmania.
“Dr Foulke said it was also the first time cray fish were found in the wild.”
The species is abundant in Australia and it is found in almost every environment where the cray has been collected, from the sea to rivers, lakes and estuaries,” he said.
The researchers compared cray and cray-fish species across Tasmania and the rest of Australia, and discovered there were more than 100 species in all.”
This is a major step forward in understanding how cray fishing is impacting native species and the marine environment, and what species can and cannot survive on land,” Dr Foulkees said.