species: Hippa pacifica in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Hippa pacifica

©Anne Hoggett: Hippa pacifica at Lizard Island. Photo identified by Shane Ahyong.

©Anne Hoggett: Hippa pacifica at Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Hippidae
Genus Hippa
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)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

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.