The Red Rock Crab is not only one of the most common crabs in Sydney but also one of the fastest movers. It is often used as bait, particularly to catch grouper.
The Red Rock Crab is easily recognised by its large size and red colour.
Preferring moist environments, the Red Rock Crab is found around the low-tide mark on the rocky shore and underwater to depths of about 8 m. It tends to hide among seaweed and under rock ledges.
The Red Rock Crab is found in temperate waters of southern Australia, in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania. Also found in New Zealand, South Africa and Chile.
Feeding and diet
The Red Rock Crab feeds on sponges, bryzoans and small seaweeds.