Stalk-Eyed Mud Crab

August 22, 2017 1 min read

Stalk-Eyed Mud Crab

Stalk-Eyed Mud Crab (MACROPHTHALMUS HIRTIPES)

Small tunneling systems are sometimes seen on muddy bottom inside the Otago harbour including the Wellers rock area. These tunnels usually belong to the stalk-eyed mud crab which commonly sit just out side their tunnel ready to retreat at any sign of danger such as an approaching diver.

The carapace is usually seen around 3cm in width


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