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Guard Crab/Red Coral Crab

Trapezia cymodoce


Guard Crabs are small Crabs (around 1 - 1.5 cm) that are usually found living among the crevices of branching/stony corals of Pocillopora, Seriatopora and Stylophora. In the picture, this Guard Crab/Red Coral Crab can be seen sharing home with a Red Head Goby - Paragobiodon echinocephalus. They are called Guard Crabs because they guards/defends their coral host against Star Fishes. They feeds on tissues and mucus of their coral host.

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Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.76, Long: 120.91

Spotted on May 25, 2019
Submitted on Jul 8, 2019

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