Carapace much broader than long, with fine dorsal granulation that is obscured by a mat of hairs in larger individuals. Eyes reduced, moveable. With 3 well developed pairs of extremely hairy walking legs that bear a fringe of longer setae on the margins (last pair of legs and sternite absent). Up to 1.5 cm wide.
Three pairs of walking legs instead of the usual four are characteristic of the crab family Hexapodidae, to which this species belongs. Another striking feature is the very broad carapace. They are often found in the papery tubes of species of the polychaete genus Chaetopterus.
Often found in the papery tubes of species of the polychaete genus Chaetopterus, intertidal to depths of 50 m.
Southern temperate oceans, including south-eastern Australia.
Not harmful but a nip from large claws could be painful
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed