Flame Box Crab (Calappa flammea)

Also known as Flamed Box Crab, Flame Streaked Box Crab, Shame-faced Crab

Description

Also known as Flamed Box Crab, Flame Streaked Box Crab, Shame-faced Crab.

Found on sandy bottoms where they can burrow into the sand for protection over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on the hermit crab - Pagurus pollicaris
Length - 11cm
Depth - 0-260m
Widespread Western Atlantic

Box crab are named because of the way they can tuck their legs into their bodies giving the appearance of a neat box. Shame-faced is from the way their claws fold in in front of their face, as if hiding it in shame. Ref: x

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  1. The carapace of this crab is rounded in front, almost straight behind. The hind margins form a thin roof over the legs, partially covering them. The large claws are flattened, triangular, with a crest above, and the fingers are strongly bent downwards. The color is grayish with markings of purplish-brown on the carapace and bandings on the legs. (edit) Ref: http://species-identification.org/species.php?species_group=caribbean_diving_guide&id=120

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