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Adult body length up to 50 mm; yellowish white, often orange spotted. Carapace with a strong cervical groove; anterior lateral border with a distinctive ocular spine; well-developed hairy rostrum. Chelipeds equal in size, long and slender; the dactyl up to 1.5 x the length of the thumb; central margin of manus with dense rows of hairs; outer extremity of carpus with a long spine. Abdomen narrower and more rigidly chitinized than in Upogebia deltaura .

In burrows from LWST to shallow sublittoral.

SW Norway to Spain and Mediterranean. Commonest of the three Upogebia species.

Upogebia stellata