Body mottled dark and pale green-brown, wider than long. Five triangular spines on the side of the carapace behind each eye. The ends of the fourth walking legs are slightly flattened with acute tips. Up to 10 cm wide (carapace).
European Shore Crabs were first recorded in Port Phillip Bay in 1900, introduced there accidentally as a hitch-hiker on ships from the UK or Europe. It has since spread throughout coastal Victoria, eastern South Australia and northern Tasmania. The crab is very aggressive, with strong chelipeds. It feeds on native shore crabs and may be a threat to these species.
Most areas, including rocky reef, seagrass and sand flats, to depth of 60 m.
Worldwide. Isolated populations along southern Australian coast. In central Victoria.
Not harmful but a nip from claws could be painful.
Introduced to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed