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Candy Crab

Hoplophrys oatesii

Description:

Also known as Oate's Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Crab, Soft Coral Spider Crab, Commensal Soft Coral Crab and Dendronephthya Crab. They feed on plankton, and grow to a length of about 1.5cm.

Habitat:

Found on coral and rocky reefs mimicking the soft coral it sits on, at depths of 5 to 15m. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

Notes:

Spotted this camouflaged critter on a mauve spiky soft coral (Dendronephthya sp.) at a depth of about 20m; dive site: Dayang Beach.

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3 Comments

delwynrobertson
delwynrobertson 7 years ago

They look awesome

Blogie
Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, AshishNimkar & FrancisQuintana!
Not a very good angle, though. I'll try to get better pictures of this pretty critter next time. :)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Its very small wonder...

Blogie
Spotted by
Blogie

Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 7, 2012
Submitted on Apr 11, 2012

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