Body grey, flattened and covered with hairs. Legs held close together and claws flat and wide. Antennae blue. Up to 3 cm wide (carapace).
Hairy Stone Crabs differ from true crabs because they only have three pairs of obvious legs besides the claws. They rely on their muddy appearance as a camouflage, clinging invisibly to the undersides of rocks rather than fleeing from predators.
Under rocks on exposed rocky shores.
Not harmful but a nip from claws could be painful.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed