Austrodromidia australis belongs to the Dromiidae family, commonly known as the sponge crabs. These unique creatures actually carry a well-fitting camouflage cap of living sponge or ascidian (sea squirt) over their back which they trim and keep tidy. As well as camouflaging the crab, the sponge can often taste bad, making potential predators reluctant to eat it. The sponge or other encrusting animal on the back of the Dromiid can often be larger than the crab itself.
The Explore, or Featured Content section of the Western Australian Museum website features all our blogs, videos, photo galleries and online exhibitions, as well as information about our education services and kids content.
On this page, we have presented a stream of all the latest videos, photos and blog posts added to the site.
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Yirra Yaakin present a season of Kaarla Kaatijin during the 2013 April school holidays: 22 April – 3 May 2013 at the Western Australian Museum – Perth. Tickets are available now through our website.
This video takes you behind-the-scenes of the production and a chance to meet the actors and producers who made this show possible.
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In this Kimberley diary, Lee Betterridge talks about the Mantis Shrimp, an amazing crustacean with amazing strength.
These video diaries document the October 2012 field trip into remote areas of the Kimberley. This field trip was part of the Marine Life of Kimberley project to study and understand the marine biodiversity of the area.