Dardanus crassimanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1836)

Common Name: 
Mauve-eyed Hermit Crab

Common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific region. In Australia recorded from northern Western Australia and from north Queensland south to around Sydney in New South Wales. 

Ecological Notes: 

Frequents areas of reef flats, rocky reef and sea grass beds. Depth to at least 30 m.

Additional Notes: 

Recognisable by the mauve eye stalks with thin white distal band, pale purple banded leg joints and overall red colouration. A large, active species, grows to 150 mm.


Davie, Peter. Wild Guide to Moreton Bay and Adjacent Coasts. Second Edition. Published by Queensland Museum. Vol 2, p.222.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au/search?q=Dardanus+crassimanus. Accessed 13/11/2018.