General Description

Body and arms usually dark red-brown or chocolate brown, sometimes orange or purple. Arms with up to seven spines along the sides of each segment. Disc up to 2 cm wide, covered in minute granules, arms up to 7 cm long.


This species is able to move quickly across the sea floor when disturbed. It is thought that three undescribed species are included under this name, one purple-brown, one orange and one dark with a long white stripe on the ventral side of the arms.


South-eastern and western Australian coasts.


Under rocks on reefs and rocky shores, to depth of 45 m.

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