Carapace rounded at rear with a pair of spikes in front. Covered with gold-brown hairs. Claws red-orange with white tips. Ridge along claws. Up to 4 cm long (carapace).
Bear Seaweed Crabs camouflage their body on the reef by attaching pieces of seaweed to the curved hairs that cover their body. Their hairy body may have inspired Dr. Herbst to name them ursus, the bear, in 1788.
Rocky shores and reefs.
New Zealand and south-eastern Australia.
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