Spotted Hermit Crab (species: Dardanus megistos) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Dardanus megistos
Spotted Hermit Crab

©Lyle Vail: Dardanus megistos at night, Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.

©Erik Schlögl: Dardanus megistos at Cod Hole near Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Diogenidae
Genus Dardanus
Species Dardanus megistos



Distinguishing features

The left clawed leg is usually larger than the right. Outer surface of claws usually covered in spines and hairs. (From Jones and Morgan, 1994).


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.