Austrogammarus australis (Sayce, 1901)

Dandenong freshwater amphipod, Sherbrooke amphipod



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Gammarus australis Sayce, 1901 (original combination)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1911

Since rediscovered (Doeg, 1997)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



Dandenong Mountain Range, Victoria (southern), Australia


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Sayce, O. A. (1901). Description of some new Victorian freshwater Amphiphoda. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria 12: 152-159.


Other references:

Bradbury, J. H. and Williams, W. D. (1999). Key to and checklist of the inland aquatic amphipods of Australia. Technical Reports of the Australian Museum 14: 1-21.

Brown, G., Clemann, N., Crowther, D., Downe, J., Duncan, M., Howard, K., Kohout, M. and Lumsden, L. 2012. Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission, Threatened Species Surveys, ARI Projects 8-11. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Heidelberg, Victoria. [relevant citation?]

DEECA [Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action]. (2023). Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 Threatened List: June 2023. Published report by The State of Victoria Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action, Melbourne, Victoria.

Doeg, T. J. (1997). Gone today, here tomorrow — extinct aquatic macroinvertebrates in Victoria. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 56(2): 531-535.

Doeg T. J., Tsyrlin E.and Praagh B. V. (1996). A survey for the Dandenong freshwater amphipod Austrogammarus australis (Sayce). Final Report. Freshwater Ecology Section, Flora and Fauna Branch, Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Melbourne, Victoria.

Groombridge, B. (ed.). (1994). 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Imberger, Samantha J., Walsh, Christopher J., Tsyrlin, Edward, Kerr, David G. and Tewman, Monica. (2016). Variability in the response of amphipods and macroinvertebrate assemblage structure to prolonged drought in forested upland streams. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 1465-1480.

Papas, Phil J. and Crowther, Diane. (2007). Distribution and conservation status of two amphipods in the Dandenong Ranges – Austrogammarus australis (Sayce) and Austrogammarus haasei (Sayce). The Victorian Naturalist 124(4): 230-235.

Papas, P. J., Crowther, D., & Kefford, B. J. (1999). Second survey for the Dandenong freshwater amphipod Austrogammarus australis (Sayce) with observations on the effect of the William Ricketts Sanctuary carpark oil spill on the amphipod. Victoria, 27, 39.

Preston, T. (2014a). Austrogammarus australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.1. ( Downloaded on 08 July 2014.

Preston, T. (2014b). Austrogammarus australis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T2425A18607247. Accessed on 19 February 2023.

Walsh, Christopher J. (2001). Surviving in the City: The Dandenong Amphipod. WaterShed 2001(April): 6-9.

Walsh, Christopher J., Papas, Phil J., Crowther, Diane, Sim, PuaTai and Yoo, Jaeyong. (2004). Stormwater drainage pipes as a threat to a stream-dwelling amphipod of conservation significance, Austrogammarus australis, in southeastern Australia. Biodiversity and Conservation 13(4): 781-793.

Williams, W. D. (1980). Australian Freshwater Life. Melbourne: Macmillan.

Williams, W. D. and Barnard J. L. (1988). The taxonomy of Cragonyctoid Amphipoda (Crustacea) from Australian fresh waters: Foundation studies. Records of the Australian Museum supplement 10: 1-170.


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