Leaf-Porter Crabs

6 03 2008

Here is a short write up about these unique species of crabs, Leaf-porter crabs, scientific name, Neodorippe Callida.

The Leaf-porter crab, as the name suggests, carries a leaf (or any other light, floating debris) on its back! Its last 2 legs are modified to carry objects, and has sharp hooks on its legs to gripe floating leaves. (the one we saw was carrying a piece of plastic!)

They are generally scavengers, and due to their carrying a leaf on their back, are master camouflagers! They usually appear at dusk and are attracted to fishing lights and do not usually grow to a very large size.

We sure hope we’ll see more of these wonderful crabs!(:

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