Dardanus crassimanus (H. Milne Edwards, 1836)

Dardanus crassimanis
Dardanus crassimanis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 22 March 2014
Location: 
N W Solitary Is.
Depth: 
10m
Dardanus crassimanis
Dardanus crassimanis
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
15m
Common name: Mauve-eyed Hermit Crab
Distribution:

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.

References:

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.