- Sponge Crab
Front margin of carapace margin with 3 well developed teeth, 2 directed upward. Carapace not strongly sculptured but covered with tomentum. Up to 7 cm wide.
This smooth, grey, hairy crab has three obvious lateral teeth, two directed upwards, and usually covers itself with a sponge or sea squirt. The carapace is unevenly corrugated, with a dense mat of soft hairs. The species grows much larger than any other sponge crab.
Subtidal-continental shelf, to depths of 520 m.
West Pacific, Indian and south Atlantic 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