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It can grow almost as large as G. strigosa (maximum length is 6,5 cm). It should be easy to distinguish the two species as the G. squamifera lacks the blue stripes. The color is usually green or brown, usually a bit darker than the other Galatheidae. Juveniles may have a red tint.


It hides in crevices and under rocks on depths from 0 to approximately 30 meters. The preferred substrate is sand, gravel and small rocks.


It is distributed from Trøndelag, Norway, to the Azores and the Mediterranean.