Trypaea australiensis (Dana, 1852)

Trypaea australiensis (female with eggs)
Trypaea australiensis (female with eggs)
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
0m
Trypaea australiensis
Trypaea australiensis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Location: 
Red Rock Estuary
Depth: 
0m
Additional Notes: 

Male pictured here, note the oversize nipper, giving rise to its common name.

Common name: Ghost Nipper
Distribution:

Abundant on intertidal estuarine sand flats throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Common throughout south eastern Australia.

Ecological Notes:

Lives in sand and mudflats, especially in estuaries and bays. Its presence is revealed by holes in the sand in shallow waters.

Additional Notes:

Popular bait for fisherman, it is caught by the use of yabby or nipper pumps. Female top photograph, note the orange egg mass, male below. Locally abundant in the spring and summer months. Grows to 6cm.