Body flat and wide, rounded head, red to pink-brown. Up to 20 cm long (head to tail tip).
Balmain Bugs burrow in sand, leaving only their stalked eyes poking up into the water above. The flat plates at the front of the head are a pair of modified antennae, instead of the whip-like ones on other crustaceans.
Areas with soft sediment, including sand and mud, to depth of 250 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern