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Long-legged Decorator Crab

Achaeus spinosus


Mistakenly referred to as spider crab, A. spinosus is a type of decorator crab that associates with algae and hydroids for camouflage. It has an oval body and a prominent rostrum (anterior projection in front of the eyes). It has long, spindly legs that it usually covers with algae.


Found in external reef slopes; widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


Spotted this critter because it made a movement -- otherwise, it would've remained completely camouflaged by the hydroids and surrounding coral. It was at a depth of about 14m at the Dayang Beach dive site.

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Blogie 8 years ago

Thanks, Jolly & ArgyBee!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 years ago

Very nice series. Fantastic

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 29, 2012

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