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Semaphore Crab

 
Introduction:

The Semaphore Crab is the most abundant crab found in mangroves and estuaries, and usually lives among the mangrove roots.

Identification:

The Semaphore Crab is easily identified by its mottled purple carapace and eyes on the end of long stalks. Juveniles have orange claws while the claws of adults are purple.

Size:

25 cm

Distribution:

The Semaphore Crab is found from Brisbane in Queensland, New South Wales to Port Philip Bay in Victoria, and eastern Tasmania.

Habitat:

The Semaphore Crab lives in intertidal mangroves.