Southern Sentinel Crab

Tasmanoplax latifrons (Haswell, 1881)

A crab that lives in burrows on mudflats and can easily be mistaken for Heloecius cordiformis that lives in the same environments. The Southern Sentinel Crab is less common however.

How to identify Tasmanoplax latifrons?

A yellowish brownish carapace that is wider than it is long with three teeth in the side of the carapace one at the eye and a further two behind that. The edges of the legs in particular the last two have fine hairs or setae. The fixed finger of the chelae is angled downwards. The eye stalks are long

What habitats does Tasmanoplax latifrons live in?

In burrows on intertidal mudflats.

What is the distribution of Tasmanoplax latifrons?

South-eastern Australia including around Tasmania

How big does Tasmanoplax latifrons grow?

A carapace width of up to around 30mm

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