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Corallimorph Decorator Crab

Cyclocoeloma tuberculata


Also known as Corallimorph Crab, Decorator Spider Crab and Tubercle Crab. They feed on plankton and invertebrates, and grow to about 5cm in length.


Found on coral and rocky reefs covered in a heavy growth of marine organisms usually corallimorphs hence the name! Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


I shot these photos during a night dive at a dive site called Limao Reef, near Samal Island, Davao, Philippines. I was at a depth of less than 10m.

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LoisStacey 10 years ago

That is COOL!

Blogie 10 years ago

Thanks, everyone!! :)

@theark8 - This is a kind of crab that comes out at night. It covers its body with live corallimorphs (corallimorphs are like sea anemones).

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago

very cool!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Wow, this is amazing !

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

THIS, sir, is amazing all around. Great job!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

I´m very impress :):)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Oh WOW this is a Photo of photos Blogie fantastic capture :):)

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Nov 30, 2011
Submitted on Dec 7, 2011

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