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Zebra Urchin Crab

Zebrida adamsii

Description:

This is a commensal crab, living on the highly poisonous Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma varium). It is also referred to as Adam's Urchin Crab and Fire Urchin Crab. They feed on plankton, and grow to a length of about 2cm.

Habitat:

Found singly or in pairs on coral and rocky reefs, living with short spined sea urchins. Widespread in the West Pacific region, at depths of 5 to 15m.

Notes:

I spotted this critter during a day dive at a depth of about 40 feet. It was a pair of them on a fire urchin. Dive site: Dayang Beach, Talikud Island, Davao.

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23 Comments

AlisoViejo8040
AlisoViejo8040 2 years ago

awsome

Blogie
Blogie 5 years ago

Thanks, Samantha & Leuba. It's my pleasure entirely. :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

I don't think I'd get to see anything this wonderful and in such great detail, in a million years so, Blogie, thanks so much for sharing and congratulations -you deserve it !.

SamanthaCraven
SamanthaCraven 5 years ago

Fantastic!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Thanks to you we are happy you do.

Blogie
Blogie 5 years ago

Thanks very much, guys! I'm just happy I can share my underwater experiences here. :)

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 5 years ago

Congrats Blogie....

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 5 years ago

Nice one! Thanks

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Congrats Blogie.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Blow me away Blogie !
Incredible series - thanks.

KatCuff
KatCuff 5 years ago

Great series!

KarenL
KarenL 5 years ago

Great spot!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 5 years ago

Congratulations Blogie,
amazing,

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 5 years ago

Told you so Brother!
Cheers!!

ShaumingLo
ShaumingLo 5 years ago

Waoo Blogie, looks like i have to change my camera , hehehehe Congrats Buddy!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Congratulations!

aldrin
aldrin 5 years ago

Congrats!!! : ) payter. nindot!.. : )

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Congratulations Blogie
Well done amazing.

peter
peter 5 years ago

What an amazing organism. Congrats on Spotting of the Day!

"The Zebra Urchin Crab feels right at home living on a highly poisonous Fire Urchin. They are called 'commensals' because they live on different living organisms without harming them."

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Blogie
Blogie 5 years ago

Wow! Thanks very much for your truly encouraging words, Nicholas!

Nicholas4
Nicholas4 5 years ago

What an incredibly beautiful series of photos you have captured and shered with us!! Amazing, blazing colors and patterns.. This should be considered the spotting of the day, week and month. Definitely a National Geographic photo candidate!
Many Thanks!!

Blogie
Blogie 5 years ago

Thanks, Gerardo! I have good mentors here. :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Wow Blogie
you are the Macro men
Wonderful shots

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Lat: 6.95, Long: 125.67

Spotted on Jan 7, 2012
Submitted on Jan 19, 2012

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