THUNDERCLAP

CONONDALE SPINY CRAYFISH

EUASTACUS HYSTRICOSUS

STATUS: ENDANGERED

The conondale spiny crayfish (Euastacus hystricosus) is an endangered species of freshwater crayfish found only in pristine mountain streams west of Brisbane. They exhibit a frightening defensive behaviour – raising their claws to appear even larger and then slamming them together with enough force to likely crack my lens. Thunderclap!

Conondale Range, Queensland

Nikon D800E, Nikon 16mm f/2.8 AF fisheye, 1/200, f/11, ISO 320, Nikon SB-900 flash, handheld

by Scott Trageser