Winning images from the annual Ecology in Action Photo Competition have been announced at the Ecological Society of Australia Conference in Launceston.
The overall winner, and 1st place in Niches & Hollows: Adaptive Behaviour & Australian Biodiversity - Animals (sub-category) went to Alex Pike, for his photo "Beautiful but Unknown"
This is Euastacus hirsutus, of the southern hairy crayfish. It's a beautifully striking crustacean that, like many of our Australian freshwater crayfish, is largely unknown. It's status is endangered, and it's only found along a 50km stretch of slow flowing streams along the Illawarra escarpment of NSW.