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Common freshwater & terrestrial crustaceans

Three kinds of crustacea

Queensland has a diverse range of freshwater and terrestrial environments from outback desert to tropical rainforests. Although crustaceans are primarily a marine group, nevertheless there are many and varied forms of freshwater crayfish and crabs. Desert specialists, such as the remarkable Shield Shrimp, have evolved eggs that can survive many years in the parched desert clay, before hatching in their thousands when the rains finally come.

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