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Speckled Sand Crab

Ashtoret lunaris


Round body with pair of strong side spines; flattened walking legs used as paddles for swimming and rapid digging. Yellowish-olive shell speckled with dark red spots. To 40 mm across.


On sandy bottoms, from low tide mark to about 10 m depth; can bury quickly. Sometimes caught in bait nets. Northern Australia; Indo-West Pacific.


Speckled Sand Crab (Ashtoret lunaris)
Speckled Sand Crab (Ashtoret lunaris)

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