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Squat Lobster

Observed: 24th March 2012 By: Matt PMatt P’s reputation in Invertebrates
Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster
Squat Lobster

Found in the surf, on a rising tide, about two dozen of these creatures. Most about 6-7cm in length including claws. I did find one with considerably longer claws (probably 10-12cm overall, with body length similar to the others) but couldn't find it again when I returned with my camera phone.
Most were on their backs, after being washed in by the surf, and when placed right way up, proceeded to bury themselves in the sand.

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masked crab....

picture 1 - this is a female as the claws are much shorter than the males which would be almost as long as the antennae.