Body spherical, light blue above, white underneath, red-purple patch on each side. Legs white. Up to 2 cm wide (carapace).
Soldier Crabs move in large groups across exposed sand flats at low tide, looking for plant and animal matter left by the retreating water. When disturbed all the animals quickly burrow under the surface, corkscrewing into an instantly made shallow cavity in the sand. They walk forward, instead of sideways like other crabs.
Sand areas and mud flats.
Southern Australian coast, including central and eastern Victoria.
Not harmful but a nip from large claws could be painful.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed