Carapace with dense pile of short clubbed hairs, without tufts of long hairs and with scattered sharp tubercles over anterolateral regions (8 or 9 pairs not in curved row) projecting through hairs. Up to 17 mm wide.
Whereas many crabs will attempt to escape when disturbed or captured, pilumnud crabs play dead, curling their legs up to look as inconspicuous as possible. Their camouflage makes them difficult to see even when rocks are turned. Pilumnids are among the most difficult of crabs to identify to species in southern Australia, and close attention to the structure of the first pleopod (gonopod 1) of male specimens will be required to separate some closely related species.
Low intertidal, shallow subtidal, to 21 m depth.
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