Help with a decorator crab
Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:21 AM
Edited by scubamarli, 16 September 2012 - 08:57 AM.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:33 PM
I have seen these at Lembeh; I call them Sumo crabs, due to the sponge suit. They are similar to Orangutan crabs, which are an Ocinopus species. To my knowledge, they are still undescribed.
Nice name! I usually call them Sponge Leg Crabs, but I like Sumo Crab Here's some video I posted a while back of one removing the sponge off the skin it has grown out of and putting it onto it's new body :-
Edited by liquidguru, 16 September 2012 - 03:34 PM.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 12:01 AM
I got some more footage a year or so later of one that had just completed the process and the sponge coating was all lumpy. I imagine that the sponge covering then 'repairs' itself as sponges can do, and becomes a smooth shell.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 06:05 AM
That's a great video - thanks for posting it
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