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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.
soldier crab, dark blue soldier crab, Australian soldier crab
The solider crab is a small crab with a distinctive round body including a blue-grey carapace with a red-purple patch on each side and long, white to orange legs. When disturbed it can curl up quickly and burrow into the sand using a spiral motion.
If using as bait, only take enough for your immediate needs. Taking too many soldier crabs from a beach may cause localised depletion in that area for some time. Avoid using bait pumps in sensitive inshore areas.
Found in the intertidal zone of mud flats, sand flats and beaches where they sift sand particles left by receding tides for food.
Often seen on sandy beaches in large numbers like an army, (hence the name soldier crab), retreating en masse from approaching threats. Most commonly taken by hand or by bait pump to be used as bait.
The claws are very small and not capable of causing harm. Children can find the feel of the crab crawling on their hands alarming and sometimes react by involuntarily throwing the crab away.
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