Also known as Brachyura Crabs, Commensal Crabs, Coral Crabs, Guard Crabs, Swimmer Crabs, True Crabs, Red-spotted Guard Crab and Trapezia Crab.
Found on coral and rocky reefs, living between the finger-like branches of Acropora/Pocillopora corals.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 1.5cm
Depth - 0-30m
Coral Crabs are able to defend their territory from the Crown-of-Thorns Seastar!
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.