Estuarine Habitats

Saltmarsh Flat
Tidal Stream
Sandy Bank
Upper Mud Shore
Low Mud Shore

Shore Crab Types
Haswell's Crab
Red-fingered Marsh Crab
Ghost Crabs
Smooth Shore Crabs
Smooth-handed Crab
Leach's Crab
Soldier Crabs
Semaphore Crab

Sentinal Crabs
Fiddler Crabs
Tuxedo Crab
Spider Crab
Blue Swimmer Crab

Role of Tides
Moving up the shore





In Australian seas, coastal rivers and estuaries, on rocky shores and along sandy beaches there are many kinds of crab. In this website we will be looking at shore crabs.

I will introduce you to many of the crabs you might find in different inter-tidal habitats from eastern and south-eastern Australia.

Some different habitats we will explore are:

1. Estuary shores in south-eastern Australia,
2. Estuary shores in southern Australia,
3. Estuary shores of the north-east and tropical Australia,
4. Rocky ocean shores from south-eastern Australia
5. Sandy ocean shores from south-eastern Australia.

To start with, we will only be looking at crabs that can be found on the shores of coastal rivers and estuaries from south-eastern Australia from New South Wales to Victoria. In time, other regions will be added.

To discover more about the shore crabs that you might find on a sandy or mud shore in a coastal river mouth, or estuary, along the south-eastern Australian coast, click on the link at the left.

Each of the links at the left go to a general description of a shore crab. For extra details click on the "More Information" button on each crab species web page.

If you would like to suggest what regions I should explore next send an email to

Some other intertidal websites that I have helped develop and you may wish to visit are:

Seashore Life of south-eastern Australia:

Species Bank:

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Davey, K. 1998. A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life of Australia.
New Holland press, Sydney.


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webpage produced by Keith Davey 01-01-05
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