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Coral Swimmer Crab

Charybdis feriatus

Other name

Crucifix Swimmer Crab


Adults have cross-shaped mark in middle of back; 6 teeth on edge of carapace behind eye. To 160 mm across.


In Moreton Bay, commonly trawled from September to February on sandy-mud bottoms, to 20 m depth; also around live coral. Australia except for southern coast; Indo-West Pacific from East Africa to Japan.

Coral Swimmer Crab (Charybdis feriatus). Photo courtesy of Grant’s Guide to Fishes

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