Candy Crab (Hoplophrys oatesi)

Also known as Brachyura Crabs, Candy Crabs, Spider Crabs, True Crabs, Hoplophrys oatesii, Commensal Soft Coral Crab, Dendronephthya Crab, Oate's Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Spider Crab

Description

Also known as Brachyura Crabs, Candy Crabs, Spider Crabs, True Crabs, Hoplophrys oatesii, Commensal Soft Coral Crab, Dendronephthya Crab, Oate's Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Crab and Soft Coral Spider Crab.

Found on coral and rocky reefs mimicking the soft coral it sits on sometimes attaching the coral polyps to its carapace for further camouflage.
They feed on plankton caught in the camouflage corals the sit in.
Length - 1.5cm
Depth - 1-90m
Widespread Indo-Pacific

Brachyura crabs are considered true crabs, they have a short abdomen, 4 walking legs and a pair of clawed arms at the front.
Many thousands of species live worldwide in sea water, fresh water and on land.

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