Rust-spotted Guard Crab (Trapezia rufopunctata)

Also known as Brachyura Crabs, Commensal Crabs, Coral Crabs, Guard Crabs, Swimmer Crabs, True Crabs, Red-spotted Guard Crab, Trapezia Crab

Description

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
Widespread Indo-Pacific

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.

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