- Spiky Stone Crab
Carapace with plate-like tubercles anteriorly; anterolateral margin with 5 rounded lobes. Claws (chelipeds) with shiny tubercles. Walking legs covered with numerous long blunt spines. Carapace red or orange, often with patches of white on legs. Up to 2 cm wide.
Actaea peronii is one of the commonest and most colourful small crabs in the sediments of the southern Australian shelf but is rarely seen intertidally or in bays. It is certainly one of the easiest to recognise.
Intertidal, to 110 m depth.
Southern temperate oceans, including southern Australia.
Not harmful but a nip from claws could be painful.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed