Carapace ovate; dorsal surface very smooth and convex. Color: cream to pink ground color, with 9 large violet to maroon spots on dorsal surface of carapace: 3 on median region, 2 on posterior region, 2 on anterolateral region, and 2 around orbits.
Collected extensively for food. Reported as poisonous but could not be confirmed by biochemical tests. Possibly becomes toxic for a short period after feeding on poisonous molluscs. Inhabits reefs. Benthic. Subtropical and tropical climates (Ref. 343). Feeds on marine snails (Ref. 85383). Members of the order Decapoda are mostly gonochoric. Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. 833).