Claws (chelipeds) subequal, with large sharp spines covered by setae along upper-lateral margin. Moveable plate attached to base of eye stalks (ocular scale) multispinose. Third walking leg (pereopod 4) not chelate. Paired limbs on body segments 1-2 (pleopods 1 and 2) paired in male and forming copulatory apparatus, in female only pleopods 1 paired. Carapace length up to 6 mm.
Females brood their eggs in a mass attached to the abdomen. Once developed the egg hatches into a zoea which usually swims off to begin life in the plankton. There it goes through several moults as it grows and develops. Eventually the final larval stage will settle on the sea floor before transforming to a juvenile hermit crab.
Subtidal, to depths of 360 m.
Southern temperate oceans, including south-eastern Australia.
Not harmful but a nip from large claws could be painful
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed