Made of Stone

The very cool Lomis hirta (hairy stone crab) found around Clydes Island, Eaglehawk Neck, Tasmania. Love the way the limbs all slot together to make an almost smooth surface. The wikipedia entry is rather interesting for this species. Although it's related to the Porcelin Crabs (note: it only has three pairs of legs) it sits in it's own family and it's exact relationship is still debated. New word for the day carcinisation. Hmmmm.

  • Brian 7y

    Good grief. Beautiful and fascinating. As I've said within other contexts, Australia sure does have some strange organisms (or maybe it's normal and everything else is strange...but wait...there's always Madagascar...). Lovely shot and lovely creature, with another creature providing the contrasting background. Thanks for the references, as well - there's a lot to think about there.
  • Nuytsia@Tas 7y

    I'm still being regularly suprised and delighted by what turns up from turning over a stone. I've not been rock pooling for ages and this beach was an absolute joy to explore.
    Yeah and I think Madagascar might comfortably beat Tassie for wierdness! :-)
    Glad you liked this!
  • Matt Ray 5y

    Great image, we've used it for our blog post here:
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Taken on February 9, 2008
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