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 Victoria, differing in the shape of ridges and spines above the eyes.
Sheltered areas on 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