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Stalk-eyed mud crab
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Stalk-eyed mud crab at Manukau Harbour in Auckland
Scientific classification
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Macrophthalmidae
Genus:
Macrophthalmus
Subgenus:
Hemiplax

Heller, 1865
Species:
M. hirtipes
Binomial name
Macrophthalmus hirtipes
(Jacquinot in Hombron & Jacquinot, 1846)
Synonyms 
  • Cleistostoma hirtipes (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1846)
  • Macrophthalmus (Hemiplax) hirtipes (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1846)
  • Metaplax hirtipes Heller, 1865

The stalk-eyed mud crab, Macrophthalmus hirtipes, is a marine large-eyed crab of the family Macrophthalmidae, endemic to New Zealand including Campbell Island. It grows to around 30 millimetres (1.2 in) shell width. It is either the only species in the subgenus Hemiplax and the most basal species in the genus Macrophthalmus, or the only species in the sister genus Hemiplax.

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