Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
stridulating hermit crab, rasping hermit crab
This crab is dark red with black tufts of hair on exposed parts of the legs and blue eyes. The long abdomen or tail is soft and vulnerable to predators so the crab finds an unused shell to protect itself, often retracting its entire body inside. These crabs extend their claws out to produce a sound to scare away predators.
Release these crabs in the same location as you catch them.
Female crabs with eggs cannot be kept.
Commonly found around shallow sheltered rocky reef systems and may venture into deeper waters on occasions.
Hermit crabs are not normally targeted but are commonly found in craypots.
Whilst the crab will generally hide in its shell, they do have two powerful claws capable of giving quite a nip. Never try to remove the crab from the shell by force because the tail will usually stay locked in the shell and separate from the head, thereby killing the animal.
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