Image: Soldier Crabs Illustration

Soldier Crabs Illustration

Soldier Crabs are about 1.5 cm wide. They have a small, round, blue body. They have long jointed legs with purple stripes.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Soldier Crabs are about 1.5 cm wide. They have a small, round, blue body. They have long jointed legs with purple stripes.

Soldier Crabs live on the east coast of Australia. They can be found on sandy flats and in estuaries, beaches and intertidal mangroves.

Soldier Crabs eat small particles of dead plants and animals.

Soldier crabs will scoop up sand and mud with their front claws. They sift through the sand for food, dropping unwanted sand and mud.

Birds such as herons and ibis eat Soldier Crabs.

They are called Solider Crabs because they form large armies of tens of thousands of individuals and are rarely seen alone. Soldier Crabs can walk forwards, unlike many species of crab, which can only walk sideways.

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