Three-Pronged Flat Spider Crab

Halicarcinus ovatus Stimpson, 1858

This species can be easily missed due to the size and they are good at hiding amongst the seagrasses and algae they live in. The common name leads you to believe they are a spider crab but in fact they are not even closely related.

The colouration of this species varies from reddish browns to greens and even black and whites the key to identifying this species is in the shape of the subcircular carapace being flat across the top and the rostrum (between the eyes) featuring three prongs the middle one being slightly longer than the other two. The four legs are thin and may be mottled in colour or even a different colour to the carapace.

This species is a prominent food source for bottom feeding fishes.

How to identify Halicarcinus ovatus?

What habitats does Halicarcinus ovatus live in?

Can be found on reefs, seagrass and algae areas along the shoreline out to a depth of around 85m

What is the distribution of Halicarcinus ovatus?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Halicarcinus ovatus grow?

Can grow to around 10mm across the carapace

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