Animal Species:Swift-footed Crab

The Swift-footed Crab is the most active and prominent crab on Sydney's rocky coast. Scurrying and darting quickly among the rocks, it can be quite difficult to catch.

Standard Common Name

Swift-footed Crab

Identification

The Swift-footed Crab's colour varies, although it is usually a dark olive-green or dark purple with lighter flecks on the upper surface. The large front claws are purple and white.

Size range

8 cm

Distribution

The Swift-footed Crab is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Also New Zealand and South America.

Habitat

The Swift-footed Crab lives on intertidal rocky shores.

Habitat type

Marine Habitat: intertidal

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Classification

Species:
variegatus
Genus:
Leptograpsus
Subfamily:
Grapsinae
Family:
Grapsidae
Infraorder:
Brachyura
Suborder:
Pleocyemata
Order:
Decapoda
Class:
Malacostraca
Subphylum:
Crustacea
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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