Leptograpsus variegatus, Abrolhos Islands, WA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Leptograpsus variegatus, Dunsborough, WA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Purple chelipeds on adults, rounded carapace margins, and parallel grooves running obliquely across the shell. The species is harvested intensively along the NSW coast for use as fish bait. Active crab that occurs abundantly on rock platforms, particularly along the NSW coast.
Max Size: 8 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 14.4-24.7°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Rare (1% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Solitary (1 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney