Body green-grey or pale brown with black spots. Carapace has one notch on the side behind the eye. Up to 3 cm wide (carapace).
Four-toothed Shore Crabs are active movers and race for shelter when disturbed. Because they can survive for several hours out of water, they are able to live above the low-tide level on rocky shores. They are scavengers, using their claws to tear apart dead fishes and rotting seaweed.
Exposed shores, under rocks on sheltered coasts or in burrows on mudflats, to depth of 10 m.
Tasmania, western and central Victorian coast.
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