Common Sand Crab

Ovalipes australiensis

Ovalipes australiensis - Common Sand Crab
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Size: 11 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Sandy areas

Depth: Lower intertidal to 10+ metres

Ovalipes australiensis - Common Sand Crab

As its common name suggests, this large swimming crab is commonly found in the shallows of sandy beaches. It has a sandy brown carapace, with two large red spots at the rear, which are its distinguishing features. It is quite shy, and when threatened it will quickly bury itself in the sand, with only its eyes visible.