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Harlequin Crab

Lissocarcinus laevis


Also known as Harlequin Anemone Crab. They feed on plankton, and grow to a length of about 3cm.


Found on coral and rocky reefs usually associated with sea anemones and tube anemones. Widespread in the Indo-Pacific region.


I photographed this critter at a depth of 51 feet. It was camping out under a Hell's Fire Sea Anemone (, and when I came close it got pretty feisty. There were a couple of squat shrimp ( keeping it company.

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Blogie 12 years ago

@Nicholas4 -- I don't believe it's mimicking a clownfish. The colors may be similar, but the pattern's definitely different. :)

Nicholas4 12 years ago

You should add it to the mimics' mission..

Nicholas4 12 years ago

He has the looks of a clown fish. Mimic!!

Blogie 12 years ago

Thanks Carolina!

Carolina 12 years ago

What a cool crab!

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Davao Del Norte, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 8, 2012
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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