- Two-spined Slender-clawed Crab
Carapace wider than long. Anterolateral margin straight, defined by sharp spine; front without distinct notch in middle; anterolateral margin with 1 sharp spine on each side of the carapace just behind the eye. Up to 1.5 cm wide.
This small crab is the only common goneplacid from intertidal and shallow environments in southern Australia and is distinguishable from grapsids and others by the simple sharp lateral spines and the medial position of the palp on maxilliped 3. It is common in muddy bays, like Western Port.
With algae under rocks, intertidal to depths of 15 m.
Southern Australia possibly extending to New Zealand.
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