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Porcelain Anemone Crab

Neopetrolisthes maculosus


Neopetrolisthes maculosus can often be found hiding in amongst its host anemone or occasionally it can be found amongst living corals. Even though they are a common species they are considered to be shy and elusive and can be difficult to find unless a diver actively searches for them in their protective sea anemones. When they are disturbed they will hide underneath the anemone away from predators or divers with camera's trying to take a photo! Pairs of the species can be often seen living in the same anemone and quite often they will try to defend their territory from anemonefish although the anemonefish generally prevails due to its large size. Porcelain crabs are filter feeders and they filter water with their mouthpart appendages (known as the third maxillipeds) rather than using their antennae. They gather in planktonic food using their feather like appendages. Their body colour is generally cream to brown with distinct red spots/markings on the body. Males will generally grow larger than the females and the crab is generally less than 5cm in width. source:


Indo-Pacific Ocean


Spotted just off the pier of Dive and Trek at a depth of about 2m.

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Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago


Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Mayra :-)

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

This is incredible!!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Argybee and amy.stenzel :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago


Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Misako :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks GeoLeo42 :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Atul! Was able to capture it really up-close. Was fortunate to have the Dive Master as a buddy who was a good spotter of nudibranchs and critters like this porcelain crab. Was also fortunate that this actually didn't mind being photographed and just stayed put feeding and posing for me :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Hi Ann! Yup this one is actually a beauty. Besides it is small so its pinchers are not a threat hehe :-)

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks @SantaLuciaReserve :-)

misako 9 years ago


GeoLeo42 9 years ago

Really nice!

Atul 9 years ago

beautiful spotting pal!!!
how did you manage to capture it on cam??

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Wow, wow, wow! I didn't know crabs could be so beautiful!!!

SantaLuciaReserve 9 years ago

Great information and a great picture.

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Longmustache :-)

windmustache 9 years ago

Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

Eric Noora
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Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 30, 2011
Submitted on Nov 3, 2011

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