General Description

Body and legs red or red-brown with a dense clothing of hair. Carapace has four notches across the front (two of which contain the eyes) and sharp spines on the side. Up to 7 cm wide (carapace).


Red Rock Crabs are active, aggressive and one of the fastest moving crabs of southern Australian shores. Capable of dodging the waves among the sea squirts and kelp of wave-beaten coasts, they often submerge themselves in seaweed patches, under ledges or in crevices.


Southern temperate waters.


Exposed coasts, in crevices at low tide level, to depth of 50 m.

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