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Purse crab in Lembata, Indonesia


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#1 echeng

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:37 PM

Anyone know what kind of purse crab this is? They were either fighting or mating.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 11:18 PM

I'd say a male & female either mating or the male carrying her around to make sure no other male can mate with her. Similar crabs are on the web as Leucosia pubescens - check out Teresa Zubi's site. In one of her shots both crabs are upside down & you can clearly see that one is male & one is female.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:16 AM

Thank you, Leslie!
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