Achaeus japonicus (De Haan, 1839)

Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Monday, 30 December 2002
Location: 
N W Solitary Island
Depth: 
22m
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Saturday, 24 June 2000
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
23m
Achaeus japonicus
Achaeus japonicus
Photographer: 
Ian Shaw
Date: 
Friday, 3 February 2017
Location: 
Sth Solitary Island
Depth: 
14m
Distribution:

Uncommon in the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Distributed throughout the Western Pacific, Indonesia and Japan. In Australia members of the genus are known from all states excepting South Australia.

Ecological Notes:

Often found in association with giant anemones, or on rubble substrate in algae.

Additional Notes:

As with other decorator crabs, this species has the ability to attach particles for camouflage.

References:

Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific, Terrence M. Gosliner, David W. Behrens and Gary C. Williams, Sea Challengers Publication, Monterey, California. 1996. p.231.

Atlas of Living Australia website at https://bie.ala.org.au//search?q=achaeus+japonicus. Accessed 12/11/2018.