Claws (chelipeds) equal. Second walking leg (pereopod 3) lobed on upper margin, First article (coxa) of fourth walking leg (pereopod 5) of male more or less triangular. Posterior part of body (abdomen) symmetrical. Paired limb of sixth body segment (uropods) equal. Paired limbs on body segments 1-5 (pleopods) absent in male, 4 biramous pleopods on left in female. Gill (pleurobranch) on 8th body segment (thoracic somite 8). Up to 3 cm total length.
The Miner Hermit Crab differs from all others on the shore by living in a hole bored into a piece of limestone rock, rather than in a snail shell. The two claws are similar in size and shape and, with the first legs, can be pulled in to be an effective protective stopper for the crab inside. At night, the crab walks around pulling its rock behind it.
Low intertidal, to depths of 88 m.
Southern temperate oceans, including southern Australia.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed