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Spotted Porcelain Crab

Neopetrolisthes maculatus


Also known as Anomura Crab, False Crab, Spotted Porcellanid Crab, Porcelain Anemone Crab, Red-spotted Porcelain Crab, White Anemone Crab, Small-dot Anemone Crab and Spotted Anemone Crab. They feed on plankton, and grow to a length of about 4cm. Spotted Porcelain Crab have a similar-looking cousin, Oshima's Porcelain Crab. Anomura crab are considered false crab, they have a longer abdomen and the back legs are modified or reduced so are hardly noticeable. These crab include hermit crab and squat lobster.


Found on coral and rocky reefs living commensally with sea anemones. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Blogie 9 years ago

Thank you, Alice.

For Tagalog speakers out there, my caption for the first photo is: "Pasan Ko ang Daigdig". :)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

What a beauty!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 23, 2011
Submitted on Dec 2, 2011

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