Carapace pear-shaped, covered with bumps, with 5 strong spines protruding from each side. Rostral spines slender, strongly curved outwards. Walking legs long, spindly and slightly flattened with second last segment (propodi) expanded. Up to 3.7 mm long.
Decorative sponges, seaweeds and sea mosses are attached to stiff curved hairs on the carapace and legs. The two rostral spines can be seen to diverge and curve outwards once the camouflage has been removed. This camouflage, and moving very slowly, makes them hard to see in their natural habitat. Males have stronger claws than females.
Low intertidal reef to 85 m depth.
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