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Scientific name: Cleistostoma edwardsii
Common name: Sandflat crab
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Arthropoda Mandibulata Crustacea Malacostraca Decapoda Pleocyemata Camptandriidae Not defined Cleistostoma Cleistostoma edwardsii


Short Description:

Small crab with a sandy-coloured,flat,almot circular bodyThe outline being broken by a single tooth near the front corners of the carapace.Eyestalk smooth

Size: 30mm 
Behaviour: Scuffles under the sand in waterlog areas
Diet: Feeds on fine particles of detritus
Distribution: Capetown to Durban
Depth: 0-1m
Habitat: Lagoonal and estuarine sand banks
Reference: Two Oceans
(A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa)
GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
Similar Species:
  • None

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Analize de Vries-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-04-27 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (EC)-Eastern Cape General Coastline 0 30mm 0m Sony DSC-W170 photo
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