General Description

Body spherical, light blue above, white underneath, red-purple patch on each side. Legs white. Up to 2 cm wide (carapace).


Soldier Crabs move in large groups across exposed sand flats at low tide, looking for plant and animal matter left by the retreating water. They walk forwards, instead of sideways like other crabs. When disturbed they quickly burrow under the surface, corkscrewing into an instantly made shallow cavity in the sand.


Southern Australia.


Sand areas and mud flats.

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