Common Shore Crab

Paragrapsus gaimardii (H. Milne Edwards, 1837)

This species of shore crab grows slightly larger than others in this family and can easily be confused with other is the family however the two notches behind the eye and a carapace and legs bear more and smaller spots over most of the crab. Also, a closer look and the eye stems have the same spots.

Like others in this family, it lives around the high tide mark under rocks and other debris along the shore coming out at night to feed. As with other crabs it is also a cross breeder and hybridises with other species.

How to identify Paragrapsus gaimardii?

What habitats does Paragrapsus gaimardii live in?

Can be found under rocks at mid to high intertidal levels

What is the distribution of Paragrapsus gaimardii?

South-eastern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Paragrapsus gaimardii grow?

Can grow to around 50mm across the carapace

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