General Description

Body partially or fully covered by pieces of seaweed, sponges and other colonial animals. Body pear-shaped with a pair of spikes in front. Legs and claws short, usually held underneath the body. Up to 4 cm long (carapace).


Small Seaweed Crabs pick algae and sponges from the rocks and attach them with glue or hooks to their back and legs. A number of related "decorator" crabs live in southern Australia, differing in the shape of ridges and spines above the eyes.


Southern Australia.


Sheltered areas on rocky shores.

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