species: Strahlaxius glyptocercus cf. in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Strahlaxius glyptocercus cf.

©Anne Hoggett: Strahlaxius glyptocercus cf. at the entrance to its burrow (about 1 cm diameter) at night, shallow water off Casuarina Beach, Lizard Island. Thanks to Dr Shane Ahyong (Australian Museum) for the identification.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Strahlaxiidae
Genus Strahlaxius
Species Strahlaxius glyptocercus cf.



Distinguishing features

"The small, stout, red-orange body, with long antennae, and the strong, narrow claws, are characteristic." (Atlas of Living Australia for Neaxius glyptocercus, accessed 1 Feb 2016 - link below)


  • Up to 10 cm (Length)



WORMS lists this species as Neaxius glyptocercus (1 Feb 2017) but Shane Ahyong advises the genus name is Strahlaxius.

It is listed here as Strahlaxius glyptocercus cf. because a specimen has not been examined to verify its identity and the species has not been recorded from this area before.

by Anne Hoggett


Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Abundant in shallow water off LIRS. The ~1 cm diameter holes are all that is visible during the day. At night, the animal is at the entrance to burrow.

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