General Description

Body red-brown with hairs on the legs and claws. Eyes blue. Up to 13 cm long (carapace).


Stridulating Hermit Crabs flex and extend parts of their claws to produce a sound to scare away predators and other crabs. They eat plant and animal matter, as well as shellfish. They are one of the largest hermit crabs in southern Australian waters. They are usually nocturnal.


Southern Australia.


Reef and seaweed areas, to depths greater than 130 m.

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