red swimmer crab, rough rock crab, red velvet crab
A medium sized crab with a reddish brown carapace often covered with a brownish velvety coating. It has a small notch at the front of the carapace midway between the eyes.
If handling, take care to prevent damage to the crab’s legs and claws.
Female crabs with eggs cannot be kept. One bait trap can be used. Specialised crab traps cannot be used.
Common on exposed inshore reef areas in depths up to 50 metres.
This species sometimes enters rock lobster pots or is taken by divers by hand.
Caution as this crab can inflict a painful nip with its frontal claws.
Follow any public health alerts relating to eating wild shellfish - refer to the Department of Health and Human Services or phone their hotline on 1800 671 738.
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.
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Hobart TAS 7000
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