Metacarcinus novaezelandiae, Adult, Port Phillip Bay, Photo: Antonia Cooper
Large claws and a distinctively shaped carapace that is typical of the family. The species has probably been introduced into Tasmania from New Zealand, as it had not been recorded in this country before the 20th century.
Max Size: 19 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 10.3-19.6°C
Habitat: Rocky Reef, Soft sediment
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (11% 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