Species Index

Ancylocaris brevicarpalis
(Schenkel, 1902)

Distribution: Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from Western Australia, around the tropical north to northern New South Wales on the east coast.

Ecological Notes: Found amongst tentacles of giant anemones, pictured top on Heteractis crispa. Feeds on detritus and other material that collects on the disc and tentacles of the anemone. Specimens pictured at depth of 11 m.

Additional Notes: Transparent body, white blotches on back and tail base, blue markings at joints of legs and claws. Telson with five orange spots heavily outlined with black. Females larger and more heavily patterned. Grows to approximately 40 mm in length.

References: Reef Creature Identification, Tropical Pacific. Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach, New World Publications Inc, Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 2012 edition. p.118.

Atlas of Living Australia website at Accessed 14/11/2018.