Plagusia chabrus Linnaeus 1758
red bait crab
Plagusia chabrus, red bait crab

family Grapsidae - shore crabs

The Red Bait Crab, Plagusia chabrus, is very common intertidally, and is also found subtidally. The "hairs" on its legs are part of its sensory mechanisms. These crabs feed on attached animals such as sponges, bryozoans and hydroids.

Distribution =   southern Australia, South Africa and Chile
Max size =   carapace width 7cms