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Some kind of Crab?

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I have no idea what this thing is. I shot him at night right outside of Buddy Dive in Bonaire a couple of weeks ago. He looked like some slow moving invertebrate at first... but then he started quickly and took me by surprise. From what I could see he had 6 legs that were short and really furry. I think those are pink eggs on its' back.

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4075...mp;id=516344592

 

Thanks for the help!

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Do believe what you have photographed is a Nodoose Rubble Crab -Paractaea-rufopunctata.., Have seen them on occasion in Cayman as well.

Neat find.

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It's in the Humann-DeLoach Carib critter book as Paractaea rufopunctata but true rufopunctata seem to be restricted to the Indo-Pacific. Different authors classify the caribbean one as subspecies Paractaea rufopunctata nodosa or as a separate species Paractaeae nodosa.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/8411...57619715477653/

 

The pink areas on the back are just bumps. Without a diver's bright light to show them off the bumps make these crabs look like bits of rubble.

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Thanks for the replies!! These crabs are really cool and unique.

 

 

It's in the Humann-DeLoach Carib critter book as Paractaea rufopunctata but true rufopunctata seem to be restricted to the Indo-Pacific. Different authors classify the caribbean one as subspecies Paractaea rufopunctata nodosa or as a separate species Paractaeae nodosa.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/8411...57619715477653/

 

The pink areas on the back are just bumps. Without a diver's bright light to show them off the bumps make these crabs look like bits of rubble.

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