In the Philippines, A Bright Purple New Crab Species

By Sarah Zhang | April 24, 2012 12:07 pm

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In the 1980s, scientists identified a crab species in the Philippines and gave it the delightful of name of Insulamon unicorn. Twenty years later, scientists have found some of its cousins (pdf): four new freshwater crab species in the same genus. This purple one with red-tipped claws is I. palawanese. 

Isolated on the island, the Insulamon have evolved to live in freshwater rather than seawater, hiding out under roots and rocks near stream beds. This little guy is remarkably colorful and easy to spot, despite being less than two inches across.

[via Discovery News]

Image via Hendrik Freitag / Senckenberg Museum of Comparative Zoology

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World
  • Chris From Canada

    Wow, that crab is all funkified!!! Just one question, it’s so brightly colored, how was it missed all this time?

  • http://DISCOVER linda

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Redshift

    Very colourful and freshwater! Should be captive-bred and developed for the aquarium trade (bred in captivity, not harvested from the wild by the bucketful)

  • e.ALLAS

    wow! THE CRAB IS MORE PINO THAN ME , YEAH SPOT THEM BRIGHT COLORS

  • http://MozillaFoxfire Rey M Javier

    Someone must tell me if this beautiful crab is edible.

  • http://maxserp.com local SEO

    It’ s a very unique crab. Looks like he/she is happy seeing the camera. but the greatest fear for this is for them too becoming extinct. Also, Rey, you got me curious there if this is edible, even if this is edible, if they are in the nick of extinction, this must be preserved, we really don’t know what benefit this crab in overall habitat and/or cycle, to be extinct.

  • Christian

    How do I get one?

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