Crab ID

 Was down at South Mole this evening and I was mucking around catching rock crabs after a lack of nibbles and I caught this robust looking fellow. What type is it ? Looks mud-crab ish to me, but I am told by everyone it's not possible.

Also there were many of these pink coloured crabs on the rocks underwater. Never seen either before. Only got the photos of the one. Released him immediately. 

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Asian Paddle Crab ?

Sun, 2016-01-31 06:46

Looks like an Asian Paddle Crab . Hope I am wrong as they are an introduced pest. Check out this info and maybe do a google search ......

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crab id.

Sun, 2016-01-31 07:55

 Not sure of the species but I have caught lots under the rocks inside the Two Rocks marina. 

Definitely NOT a Asian paddle crab. 

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 Not a paddle crab and mud

Sun, 2016-01-31 09:09

 Not a paddle crab and mud crabs are possible down here. It does look like a muddie.


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doesnt look like a muddy

Sun, 2016-01-31 10:22

 very dark and the claws and lobes dont look right


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 I know what Asian Paddle

Sun, 2016-01-31 11:04

 I know what Asian Paddle Crabs look like from all the placards at the boat ramp. This thing wasn't as spiky around the face region I don't reckon. Its the best shot I could get of him, he wanted to hide in that bag so I had to get his claws up to get a decent one.


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 Looks a bit like a red eyed

Sun, 2016-01-31 17:46

 Looks a bit like a red eyed rock crab my favourite blue bone bait.  But I think this ones  called a ferocious rock crab as it has black nippers. red eyed have white on there nippers. We get the odd one in exmouth. That big nipper is dynamite on bluebone.

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Yeah, I am gonna collect a

Sun, 2016-01-31 18:54

Yeah, I am gonna collect a few of the Swift - Footed ones and try them for baits, mainly beause they're plentiful and easy to catch haha.
I was just intruged to see a good variety of types down there.

This dude has a sweet site full of local diving and marine life photos.