- False Spider Crab
Antennal spines acute and prominent (ventral view of carapace); chelae of large males with a pulvinus (a sac arising between bases of fingers). Buff-coloured. Carapace up to 22 mm carapace wide.
Flat-backed crabs or false spider crabs or sea spiders as they are variously named, have a very flat carapace, with a well-defined edge all around, and very long spindly legs. Most are small and the round carapace is less than 15 mm across. They inhabit algae or hide under stones.
Muddy estuaries to depths of 7 m.
Southern temperate oceans, including southern 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