(Image credit: PIRSA Fisheries and Aquaculture)
The sand crab is readily recognised by the two red oval patches located towards the end of the light grey carapace. As its name suggests, this crab is found in shallow waters off sandy beaches. Distribution is throughout southern Australia however the sand crab is not often found in upper regions of the gulfs, due to the increased salinity levels in these areas. Log this species if you see it in the upper gulfs.
Length: Up to 10.5 cm
Sandy beaches; 0-100 m depth
Log this species in the upper gulfs of South Australia
Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.