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Hairy stone crab

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Malacostraca
Scientific name  Lomis hirta
Rank  Species
Subphylum  Crustacea
Infraorder  Anomura
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Decapoda
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Superfamily  LomisoideaBouvier, 1895
Family  Lomisidae Bouvier, 1895
Similar  Decapoda, Psalidopus, Galatheoidea, Bresilioidea, Pylochelidae

Hairy stone crab

The hairy stone crab (Lomis hirta) is a crab-like crustacean that lives in the littoral zone of southern Australia from Bunbury, Western Australia, to the Bass Strait. It is the only species in its family. It is 1.5–2.5 cm (0.6–1.0 in) wide, slow-moving, and covered in brown hair which camouflages it against the rocks upon which it lives.


Some controversy exists about the relationship between L. hirta and the other anomuran families. Candidates for its closest relatives have included hermit crabs, specifically king crabs, and Aegla. It is clear, however, that Lomis represents a separate case of carcinisation.

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Hairy stone crab Wikipedia