Caphyra loevis (A. Milne Edwards, 1869)

Distribution: 

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Indo-West Pacific region. In Australia recorded from Queensland south to northern New South Wales, and Lord Howe Island.

Ecological Notes: 

Specimen pictured found in Xenia sp. soft coral, at a depth of 14 m.

Additional Notes: 

Superb camouflage and cryptic behaviour of hiding deep in the fronds of the soft coral, ensure this species is rarely seen. Specimen pictured approximately 15 mm carapace width.

References: 

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

Palomares, M.L.D. and D. Pauly. Editors. 2018. SeaLifeBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.sealifebase.org, version (06/2018). http://www.sealifebase.org/summary/Caphyra-loevis.html. Accessed 13/11/2018.