Crabs

Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis

  I’ve seen many strange things, weird behaviour and odd critters while in Lembeh, but this is one of the most bizarre sights I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing… Now I’ve seen Carry Crabs carrying Urchins, Jellyfish, banana skins, pieces of cardboard and crinoids….I’ve seen shrimp and even fish on nudibranchs…but what I had never …

Carry Crab with Nudibranch
Ethusa sp & Glossodoris hikuerensis
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Orangutan Crab
Achaeus japonicus

  These wonderful little crabs are one of the most aptly named crabs we get here in Lembeh. Orangutan (Orang Utan) literally means ‘man of the forest’ in Indonesian, and these crabs really seem to look like their land-based namesakes. Orangutan Crabs are covered in ‘hair’, which I presume is some sort of algae. They …

Orangutan Crab
Achaeus japonicus
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Spotted Porcelain Crab
Neopetrolisthes maculatus

These crabs are interesting, not only because of the way they feed, by waving adapted mouth parts in the current to gather thier food, but because they are not actually crabs at all. They are instead related to Squat Lobsters, but have evolved to resemble true crabs. They get their name as they are very …

Spotted Porcelain Crab
Neopetrolisthes maculatus
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Haig’s Porcelain Crab
Porcellanella haigae

Sometimes you have to dive for macro in a current. It’s tricky to film, but sometimes it’s worth it.. I found this lovely little Sea Pen on a dive and was delighted to see that there were two small Painted Procelain Crabs on it. When we usually see these rare small crabs they are usally …

Haig’s Porcelain Crab
Porcellanella haigae
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