Notched Shore Crab

Scientific name
Paragrapsus quadridentatus
Common name
Notched Shore Crab
Life on the Edge
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Crabs and allies
Where to find
Under rocks at mid to high intertidal levels
Notched Shore Crabs are small, common, intertidal crabs found under many rocks in the basalt areas of the Marine Sanctuary. They have a small notch in the carapace, just behind the eye socket. They are usually brown to greenish brown in colour. Body width to 30 mm

Notched Shore Crabs are common scavengers in intertidal areas where there is an adequate number of rocks under which they can hide at low tide. They use their claws to tear apart dead fish and rotting seaweed.