Body width 3-5cm. As its name suggests, the Hairy crab is indeed quite hairy. Its body and limbs are covered with long, silky hairs. These trap sediments allowing the crab to blend perfectly with its surroundings. In the water, its hairs 'fluff up' breaking up its body outline. To avoid drawing attention to itself, it also moves slowly.
Ecology The "teddy-bear" of crabs, these hairy little creatures fluff up in the water and look positively cuddlesome. But they are hard to spot and usually well hidden, especially during the day. These little crabs are not the same as the Hairy crabs that are served in restaurants as seafood.
Hairy crabs are common in rocky and coral rubble areas on all our shores. They are more active at night, but even then, they usually scuttle into hiding at the first sign of danger.