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Teddy Bear Crabs

Polydectus cupulifer


Two yellow-beige-brown crabs ~ 25 mm across the carapace, covered with short hairs/bristles (setae).


Near shore shallow tropical waters; coral reef ecosystem.


Spotted at low tide in 10-15 cm of water in two adjacent depressions in the reef flat south of Mokauea Island, off the south shore of Oahu.

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Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Congratulations, Allen. This is a great spotting of a creature I had never heard before, thanks for sharing.

triggsturner 8 years ago

Great spotting Allen and congrats on your SOTD.

Congratulations on your first Spotting of the day Allen. As our name suggests - NOAH = Networked Organisms And Habitats - your spottings come with all the data we request, which our research and scientific members like to see along with reasonable photographs of the organism. Although we are happy to accept great photographs we feel that many of our ordinary everyday members deserve some form of recognition for their inputs and Spotting of the day/week and Fact of the day are just some ways of doing this.

Marek Koszorek
Marek Koszorek 8 years ago

Superb :)

roemer1 8 years ago

XD It looks so funny!

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Congrats, Allen! :) It's cute and unusual.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 8 years ago

Great !!

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 8 years ago

Yasser, thanks for the positive feedback and the honor of the selection of this spotting as Spotting of the Day, though I thought there were many spottings contemporaneous with it that were more impressive.

Yasser 8 years ago

Allen, what an incredible crab! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on earning your very first Spotting of the Day! It was an easy decision for us :) Thanks for all the wonderful contributions and for sharing a bit of Hawaii's magic with us. Congrats again!

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Congratulations allen.hoof! This is the first Teddy Bear Crab
Polydectus cupulifer on Project Noah!

Sophia Toti
Sophia Toti 8 years ago

How cool!

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Jun 6, 2015
Submitted on Jun 7, 2015

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