Australian Land Hermit Crab (species: Coenobita variabilis) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Coenobita variabilis
Australian Land Hermit Crab

©Anne Hoggett: Coenobita variabilis at Lizard Island using a glass vial as a shell

©Anne Hoggett: Coenobita variabilis at Lizard Island, removed from glass vial
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Coenobitidae
Genus Coenobita
Species Coenobita variabilis



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 4 cm (Carapace length)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Rarely seen

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.