Rust-spotted Guard Crab (Trapezia rufopunctata)

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

Description

Also known as Commensal Crabs, Guard Crabs, Red-spotted Guard Crab, Trapezia Crab, True Crab.

Found living between the finger-like branches of Acropora/Pocillopora corals over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on coral tissue and mucus.
Length - 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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezia_rufopunctata

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