species: Rhynchocinetes durbanensis in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

©Philip Dunbavan: Rhynchocinetes durbanensis at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Rhynchocinetes durbanensis in a crevice at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: A wide variety of sizes of Rhynchocinetes durbanensis sharing a crevice at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island with shrimp Lysmata amboinensis and anemone Telmatactis sp.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Rhynchocinetidae
Genus Rhynchocinetes
Species Rhynchocinetes durbanensis



Distinguishing features

Red with two white bands encircling body, one separating the carapace from the abdomen and the other on the abdominal hump. Also white longitudinal stripes and white spots. Usually found in caves or underhangs in groups.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common in suitable habitat

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Humann, P. and N. Deloach (2010). Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, Florida, USA.