Female crabs with eggs cannot be kept. One bait trap can be used. Specialised crab traps cannot be used.
Lives subtidally in crevices and under rocks on rocky shorelines.
This species is sometimes enters rock lobster pots or is taken by divers. Known as a speedy or Ferrari crab because of its ability to scurry rapidly.
Caution as this crab can inflict a painful nip with its frontal claws. It can be more aggressive than other crabs.
Public Health Advice
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This crab is good eating and can be cooked whole by boiling, or stir-frying in the Asian style. It can be time-consuming to extract the meat but it is sweet and tasty.