- 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 1 cm.
This rarely collected sea spider is virtually invisible in the wild unless it moves. It hides by using its colour and annulated legs to perfectly camouflage against the bryozoans on which it lives. Males carry the eggs, holding them between body parts called ovigers that hang under the animal.
Usually on soft bryozoans, possibly seagrass areas, to depth of 160 m.
South-eastern Australia, including central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed