Lizard Island Field Guide: Lizard Island Field Guide: description of species: Hippa pacifica
Hippa pacifica

Hippa pacifica at Lizard Island. Photo identified by Shane Ahyong.

© Anne Hoggett
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Hippa pacifica at Lizard Island

© Anne Hoggett
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Kingdom Animalia
Family Animalia
Species Hippa pacifica

Distinguishing features

A mole crab with two lobes on the front of the carapace between the eyes.


  • Up to 1.5 cm (Carapace length)



Australian distribution © Atlas of Living Australia
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Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Probably quite common but rarely seen as they live buried in sand.

Web resources


  • Jones, D.S. and G.J. Morgan (1994). A Field Guide to Crustaceans of Australian Waters. Reed, Sydney. ISBN: 0 7301 0403 6.