Mosaic Boxer Crab (Lybia tesselata)

Also known as Boxer Crab, Brachyura Crab, Mosaic Anemone-crab, Pom Pom Boxer Crab, Pom-Pom Crab, Reef Crab, True Crab

Description

Also known as Boxer Crab, Brachyura Crab, Mosaic Anemone-crab, Pom Pom Boxer Crab, Pom-Pom Crab, Reef Crab, True Crab.

Found on coral and rocky reefs moving slowly along gravel and sand bottoms or hiding under rocks where it is camouflaged. Tiny stinging crab claw anemone's which resemble pom-poms or boxing gloves, attached to claws are used for feeding and to attack predators.
They feed on detritus, invertebrates and plankton.
Length - 2.5cm
Depth - 0-20m
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/Lybia_edmondsoni

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