Xenocarcinus depressus (Miers, 1874)

Xenocarcinus depressus
Xenocarcinus depressus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 23 June 2011
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
12m
Xenocarcinus depressus
Xenocarcinus depressus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Thursday, 3 April 2014
Location: 
Nth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Additional Notes: 

Specimen pictured appears to have algae attached to the end of the rostrum, perhaps aiding camouflage.

Distribution:

Relatively common throughout the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Known from New Guinea, Indonesia and Japan. In Australia recorded from tropical waters in Northern Territory and Queensland as well as southern NSW.

Ecological Notes:

Commonly found on the fronds of gorgonians.

Additional Notes:

Not often seen due to its cryptic colouration, only close examination of the host will reveal its presence. Grows to around 14mm carapace length.

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