Fringed Sponge Crab

Lamarckdromia globosa (Lamarck, 1818)

Shaggy Sponge Crabs are usually camouflaged by a large sponge or sea squirt. Sponge crabs are able to carry a piece of living sponge on their back by holding it in position with their last two pairs of legs. These legs are smaller than their other legs, directed more or less upwards and bear small pincers. Those crabs deprived of their personal sponge caps will go to great lengths to retrieve them. If all else fails they will cut and shape new caps. It's not a simple task for a crab to re-dress! In putting on the sponge cap the crab may need to grasp the cap, roll over on its back, upend itself backwards and then right itself.

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What habitats does Lamarckdromia globosa live in?

Reef near sponges, to depth of 180 m

What is the distribution of Lamarckdromia globosa?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Lamarckdromia globosa grow?

Up to 4 cm wide (carapace)

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