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

©Anne Hoggett: Dardanus megistos at North Point, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Dardanus megistos at night, Big Vicki's Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Diogenidae
Genus Dardanus
Species Dardanus megistos



Distinguishing features

Legs bright red with white spots encircled by dark brown, with many bristles. As usual for the genus, the left clawed leg is usually larger than the right. Carapace paler red to orange, also with ocellated spots. Dark red eye stalks. White antennal flagellum.


  • 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.