Common Sand Crab

Ovalipes australiensis Stephenson & Rees, 1968

This crab is rather agile and moves away quickly burying itself under the sand. Like most crabs this species is most active at night and annoy fishermen stealing the baits from their hooks. Similar to the invasive Carcinus maenas. Both of these crabs are commonly found washed up dead along Tomahawk Beach

How to identify Ovalipes australiensis?

The carapace features two large reddish-brown dots towards the back whilst the colour of this crab varies from greyish to a pale orange-browns, the hind leg is a swimming leg and as such is flattened, and paddle shaped.

What habitats does Ovalipes australiensis live in?

Can be found along sandy beaches out to depth of around 100m

What is the distribution of Ovalipes australiensis?

Southern Australia from Western Australia to Queensland, including Tasmania

How big does Ovalipes australiensis grow?

Can grow to around 110mm across the carapace

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