- Cleft-fronted Shore Crab
Body and legs red or red-brown with a dense clothing of hair. Carapace has four notches across the front (two of which contain the eyes) and sharp spines on the side. Up to 7 cm wide (carapace).
Red Rock Crabs are active, aggressive and one of the fastest moving crabs of southern Australian shores. Capable of dodging the waves among the sea squirts and kelp of wave-beaten coasts, they often submerge themselves in seaweed patches, under ledges or in crevices.
Exposed coasts, in crevices at low tide level, to depth of 50 m.
Southern temperate oceans. Along the Victorian coast.
Not harmful but a nip from claws could be painful.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed