Rough Box Crab (Calappa gallus)

Also known as Cancer Gallus, Crusty Box Crab, Knobby Box Crab, Lumpy Box Crab, Poki Poki, Shame-faced Crab, Warty Box Crab, Yellow Box Crab

Description

Also known as Cancer Gallus, Crusty Box Crab, Knobby Box Crab, Lumpy Box Crab, Poki Poki, Shame-faced Crab, Warty Box Crab, Yellow Box Crab.

Found over silty mud, sand and areas moving slowly along sandy bottoms or buried in the sand of coastal reefs.
They feed on conch shells.
Length - 10cm
Depth - 1-200m
Widespread Atlantic, Indo-Pacific

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: https://www.sealifebase.ca/summary/Calappa-gallus.html

1 comment

  1. Posted by Michael
    August 28, 2017 at 22:26 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I found one in Broome Western Australia one of the most unusual creatures I have ever seen!

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