- 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. Very short abdomen behind trunk, pointed downward between fourth pair of legs. Leg span about 1 cm.
These sea spiders have a breeding cycle and huge aggregations of fertile specimens have been recorded during the period November to March. Their identity is defined on the characteristics of the male, the female being difficult to accurately identify to species level. As a result, the distribution of this species is likely to be wider than presently recorded. Males carry the eggs, holding them between body parts called ovigers that hang under the animal.
On or near soft bryozoans, to depth of 95 m.
South Australia, including western and central Victoria.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed