A species that looks very similar to others in the same genus the Notched Shore Crab is common along the coast the single nothch or tooth to the outside of the eye on the edge of the carapace is the key to identifying this species. Whilst some may have more spots than others and shades of colour may vary the presence of the notches sets this one apart.
Shore crabs can survive for several hours out of the water and can live above the lowtide mark on rocky shores often found hiding under rocks scurraying for shelter when disturbed. They feed on decaying sealife and seaweeds.
What habitats does Paragrapsus quadridentatus live in?
Can be found on exposed shores, under rocks on sheltered coasts or in burrows on mudflats, out to a depth of 10m
What is the distribution of Paragrapsus quadridentatus?
Tasmania, western and central Victorian coasts
How big does Paragrapsus quadridentatus grow?
Can grow to around 30mm across the carapace
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