Mosaic Boxer Crab/Pom-Pom Crab - Lybia tessellata
This Mosaic Boxer Crab/Pom-Pom Crab - Lybia tessellata is one small Crab (usually less than 1.5 cm) with lots of big names :
- Mosaic Boxer Crab for the mosaic patterns on its carapace and body
- Boxer Crab because of the Anemone that it holds on its claws which it uses to defend itself as Anemone is poisonous to its predators, mostly reef fishes
- Pom-Pom Crab because of the Anemone that it holds, when defending itself, it will waves the Anemone like the Pom-pom of the cheerleaders
''Lybia tessellata'' is a species of small crab in the family Xanthidae. It is found in shallow parts of the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean. Like other members of the genus ''Lybia'', it is commonly known as the pom-pom crab or boxer crab because of its habit of carrying a sea anemone around in each of its claws, these resembling pom-poms or boxing gloves.