- Sea spider
Body with proboscis projecting outward from front, with the mouth at the tip. Central body (trunk) behind the proboscis, with a raised, rounded area (tubercle) bearing four eyes. Eight segmented walking legs attached to the sides of the trunk. Short abdomen behind trunk, unsegmented. Leg span about 4 cm.
Males brood the young which are found gathered on the body of the adult. This species is thought to breed in warmer months, with records of egg-bearing males present from December to April. Males carry the eggs, holding them between body parts called ovigers that hang under the animal.
Usually under boulders and reef or on hydroids and seaweed in subtidal areas, sometimes in intertidal areas.
South-eastern Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed