Mictyris platycheles is a species of crab found on Australian mudflats. It is found on the east coast of Australia from Tasmania and Victoria to Queensland. They live in large groups and are therefore commonly called soldier crabs. Adults are 15 millimetres (0.6 in) across and similarly tall, and are coloured blue to blue-grey. Mictyris platycheles get their food by picking up balls of sands and putting it in their mouths, which will filter out the nutrition the crabs need for survival.
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