Body shiny and very pale cream with black eyes. The first walking legs are unusual in having a claw (or chela) formed from the last and third-to-last segments (unlike in a crab where the last and second-to-last segments form the claw). Up to 15 mm long.
Leucothoe commensalis lives for most of its life inside the cavities of sea squirts (solitary tunicates) or sponges. Here, presumably it feeds on mucus stolen from its host which offers it protection from predatory fish. The species is widespread on the continental shelf and bays of eastern Australia.
Inside cavities of solitary sea squirts or sponges, at depths of 5-60 m.
Native to Australia
sp. MoV 456
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed