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#1 maxtom

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:12 AM

Could you please help me identify the following critter? It is looks like pom pom crab, but the color and some form of "hairy skin" is new to me. Photo is from Lembeh strait.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:46 AM

Hmmmmm, looks like a very hairy Boxer Crab. How big is this guy?

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 09:59 AM

Hmmmmm, looks like a very hairy Boxer Crab. How big is this guy?
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it is 1 - 1.5cm...

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 02:29 AM

To the best of my knowledge is a Lybia tessellata, known as boxer crab or pon-pon crab. In which dive site did you spot this critter ??? Was it in the shallows of Angel Window ???

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 07:43 AM

I recognize that one :)

Still think its just an albino boxer :yahoo:

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#6 Leslie

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:23 AM

Unusual. First, because Lybia tesselata are never covered with floc with that - they don't have the hairs that decorator crabs use to attach their camouflague. Second, the color pattern - granted, it's very hard to see - seems wrong. There are several species in the same genus & in other genera that also carry anemones. Do you have other images of it Maxtom? It would be very useful to see it from different angles.

Found it - Lybia caestifera. See http://www.izuzuki.c...a2/himeKK2.html

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:52 AM

Is this one any better? I can try to make some close-up crops (but all the photos are frontal) of any area of interest.
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Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:59 AM

Thanks! The color pattern is much clearer and overall it matches very nicely the images of Lybia caestifera on that page I linked & elsewhere on the web.

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Posted 30 January 2010 - 10:07 AM

Thank you!