Lomis hirta

Hairy stone crab
Lomis hirta
Lomis hirta, Thorny Passage,SA, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lomis hirta
Lomis hirta, Thorny Passage,SA, Photo: Graham Edgar
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Lomis hirta
Lomis hirta


Temperate Australasia


Brown hairy body and blue antennae. It lives under flat-bottomed rocks in the lower intertidal zone and is locally common.


Max Size: 5 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 14.9-19°C

Depth: 0-5m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Rare (0.5% 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: Few (2 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