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#1 ardy01

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

I was on a mission at Tulamben to shoot some boxer crabs. I swam past a rock and this was on it. Grabbed a lousy shot as I swam by and of course now cant ID it. Looked through my crab books and online no go. Someone suggested it might be a hermit crab out of it shell but I have never seen a hermit crab like this.

Sorry about the out of focus shot.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:58 PM

Nope, just a shaggy crab in the family Pilumnidae. Do an image search on Heteropilumnus ciliatus or Heteropilumnus hirsutior and see which one you think it is.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:10 PM

Nope, just a shaggy crab in the family Pilumnidae. Do an image search on Heteropilumnus ciliatus or Heteropilumnus hirsutior and see which one you think it is.

Wonderful Leslie - not exactly the same but enough to make a rough picture ID Heteropilumnus hirsutior. As I have seen nothing else like this and in the absence of any other suggestions I think this is it.

I wonder if they are common in Bali?
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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:25 PM

Maybe. As with most pilumnids they're pretty well camouflaged by the hairs & all the silt/debris attached to them so they'd be hard to see unless they're moving.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:14 PM

Maybe. As with most pilumnids they're pretty well camouflaged by the hairs & all the silt/debris attached to them so they'd be hard to see unless they're moving.

Yes Leslie I guess this one was out looking for a feed as it was 6.30am.
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