Carapace pale brown to blue-grey, about as wide as long. Rear leg ends with flat rounded paddle. A pair of large blood-red to mauve grey 'eye' spots toward the rear of the carapace. Up to 11 cm wide (carapace).
Sand Crabs are particularly agile being able to bury rapidly into the sand by digging backwards when disturbed, leaving only their stalked eyes poking up into the water above. Fisherman find Ovalipes a nuisance by biting their bare feet in shallow waters, and expertly removing bait from their fishing hooks. They are usually active at night.
Sand areas and beaches, to depth of 100 m.
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