European Green Crab
pest_control block This is a noxious species and must not be returned to the water if caught. Click for details.

Carcinus maenas

Carcinus maenas - European Green Crab
image_search Terms and anatomy

Size: 6 cm

Distribution: Recorded in Gulf St. Vincent and upper Spencer Gulf

Habitat: Rocky and sandy areas

Depth: Intertidal to 10+ metres

This introduced crab is an aggressive hunter in the intertidal zone. It has a green to brown carapace with 5 spines on either side of its eyes, and does not have a pair of swimming legs. The markings can be variable, but can include a series of light lines on darker parts of the carapace, and dark spots on lighter areas. If caught in South Australia, this species must not be returned to the water.