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Spotted Moon Crab

Ashtoret lunaris

Description:

Round body with two spikes on both sides. The pincers are fit into the body and the tip of the legs are modified into paddles. Aside from swimming, the paddle-shaped legs are used to dig into the sediment or sand to bury itself. They are more active during the night and stays buried under the sand during the day.they feed on a wide variety of foods such as worms, small fish, clams and smaller crustaceans.

Habitat:

Tropical shorelines.

Notes:

The video (speed reduced to 50%) shows how it digs in the sand.

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5 Comments

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

The video of the crabs burying themselves in the sand is great!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 9 years ago

Nice! Thanks for sharing shekainah!

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Very nice addition to our crustacean mission, Shekainah! Love the video. :)

Thanks for the info kuya Blogie, I appreciate.

Blogie
Blogie 9 years ago

Nice series, Shekainah!

I must tell you, however, that Project Noah discourages the display of website URLs on new photos submitted here. I used to do this myself, but stopped after finding out about the rule last February. If you can change these photos to reflect either your name or logo, that would be really great. :)

Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Spotted on May 19, 2011
Submitted on Aug 19, 2012

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