Candy Crab (Hoplophrys oatesi)

Also known as Commensal Soft Coral Crab, Dendronephthya Crab, Oate's Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Spider Crab, Spider Crab, True Crab

Description

Also known as Commensal Soft Coral Crab, Dendronephthya Crab, Oate's Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Spider Crab, Spider Crab, True Crab.

Found mimicking the soft coral it sits on (Dendronephtya) sometimes attaching the coral polyps to its carapace for further camouflage over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on plankton caught in the corals.
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.
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoplophrys

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