The spanner crab is a bright orange or brick-red crab, so-named because it has claws which look remarkably like spanners. Like many things in Australia, what you see is what you get. It has shorter hind legs than other crabs and is found around the upper half of Australia. Mainly males are sold as they grow to a greater size than the females and are more likely to reach beyond the size restrictions. The sofrt white flesh is quite different in flavour from that of other crabs.