Engaeus quadrimanus Clark 1936 is a relatively widespread and locally abundant species. It’s a lowland species generally found under 250 m a.s.l. from just north of Melbourne, east along the coast to just before the NSW border.
Found along permanent creek and stream margins, swamps, seepages, drains and ephemeral creek beds. Found under dense scrub/forest to roadside drains and open sky backyards.
A very robust and adaptable species that usually has large colonies with the area being riddled with burrows. Typically, burrows are round to oval in shape and open with excavated material at the entrance. Many areas don’t have excavated material at the entrance as its been washed away with flood waters.
The species is extremely active during flood events and uses the creeks to migrate and find mates, etc. These specimens are from the Cann River region of Victoria.
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