This crab is similar to Paragrapsus gaimardii and can be hard to distinguish from one and another and both of these crabs can be found locally.
Although this crab has a more mottled pattern rather than dots but the the first walking leg has a fine felt covering it and that is a key difference between the two.
How to identify Paragrapsus laevis?
This crab can be identified by the presence of the two notches behind the eyes on the sides of the carapace the colouration ranges from dark reds and purples with yellowish brown mottled patches, The first walking leg is also has a fine covering of hairs that look like felt
What habitats does Paragrapsus laevis live in?
Can be found under rocks along sheltered coasts and in burrows on mudflats
What is the distribution of Paragrapsus laevis?
South-eastern Australia, including around Tasmania
How big does Paragrapsus laevis grow?
Can grow to around 40mm across the carapace
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