- 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, rounded at tip. Leg span about 2 cm.
Males carry about 40 eggs during the breeding season. The young sea spiders (protonymphon) develop whilst on the male and eventually assume an independent life sharing the same substrate with the parent. This breeding usually takes place from November to January. Males carry the eggs, holding them between body parts called ovigers that hang under the animal.
On soft bryozoans, to depth of 200 m.
Southern Australia, including central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed