White body tapers to an acute pleotelson and has sculptured rows of knobs. The uropods are underneath and enclose the gills. The eyes are weak black spots on the broad head. Up to 11 mm long.
The southern chaetiliid lives on the surface of sand between 4 and 100 m depth in southern Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. Nothing is known of the biology of this species. It belongs to one of the valviferan families (like Idoteidae and Arcturidae) whose uropods form a chamber enclosing the fragile gills. Like many crustaceans living in course sands the legs are very spiny.
Intertidal sediments, depths of 4-100 m.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed