Hairy Stone Crab

Lomis hirta (Lamarck, 1818)

Not considered a true crab as it only has the three walking legs besides the claws, this species is easy to identify due to its shape and features.

The crab being covered by small hairs that catch the silts and sands helping it to blend into the environments it lives in. Overall, this crab is flat with a triangular shape to its carapace and the legs shaped to fit against the body and each other tightly the claws are large but flat. Whilst most of this crab does blend in well the bright blue antennae stand out when the claws are moved apart exposing them.

The shape and features of this crab allow it to blend in well although hinder its ability to move making slow and hard for them to turn back over if they get on their back.

How to identify Lomis hirta?

What habitats does Lomis hirta live in?

Can be found under rocks at intertidal levels on exposed rocky coasts

What is the distribution of Lomis hirta?

Southern Australia including around Tasmania.
Locally they can be found around the island and along the rocks towards West Beach

How big does Lomis hirta grow?

Can grow to around 30mm across the carapace

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