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SWIFT-FOOTED ROCK CRAB (Leptograpsis varieagatus)
Biodiversity > Marine Life > Crustaceans > Crabs, Prawns, Shrimps and Lobsters

Swift-footed rock crab

The rocky seashore areas are home to many types of crabs. The largest is the swift-footed rock crab Leptograpsis varieagatus, having a distinctive round back with cream and purple colouring. As the name suggests this species has long legs and moves with speed and agility. It is often seen scuttling around the rocks at night, or hiding in crevices or under rocks during the day. Larger specimens can grow to eight cm in diameter, and have two large nippers, which are waved menacingly at any intruder. Be careful -if picked up, they nip hard. Like most crustaceans, they are scavengers eating any dead refuse, or occasionally cannibalising their own kind.    


Size: 9cm 

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