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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 :<br />
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- Mosaic Boxer Crab for the mosaic patterns on its carapace and body<br />
- Boxer Crab because of the Anemone that it holds on its claws which it uses to defend itself as Anemone is poisonous to its predaotrs, mostly reef fishes<br />
- 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 Anilao,Batangas,Boxer Crab,Geotagged,Lybia tessellata,Mosaic Boxer Crab,Philippines,Pom-Pom Crab Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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 predaotrs, 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

    comments (7)

  1. A crab looking like that waving around pom poms. I've seen a lot of weird life forms this week, but continue to be amazed time and time again by your series! Posted 2 years ago
    1. Thanks again, fchristant.
      Marine life offers a lot of unique encounters :)
      Posted 2 years ago
  2. From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "In the shallow waters of the Indo-Pacific lives this tiny cheerleader! The Pom-Pom Crab (Lybia tessellata) is known for always carrying a living sea anemone in each of its claws. These stinging accoutrements have several important functions. They help the tiny crabs fight off predators: If provoked by a predator, the crab will deter it by waving its anemones around, the tentacles of which are armed with stinging cells. They also use the anemones to collect food and to mop up debris. The anemones benefit by getting scraps of leftover food from the crab. The crab relies on its anemones so much that if it loses one, it will tear the remaining anemone into two equal pieces. Within a few days, each piece will regenerate into two new, fully grown clones of the original anemone! {Spotted in the Philippines by JungleDragon moderator, Albert Kang} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks, Christine for hi-lighting this Observation :) Posted 5 months ago
      1. You're welcome, Albert! It's such a cool spotting and such a charming, little crab!! Posted 5 months ago
  3. Fabulous shot Albert !! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thanks, Mark :) Posted 5 months ago

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''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.

Similar species: Ten-footed Crustaceans
Species identified by Albert Kang
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By Albert Kang

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Uploaded Aug 9, 2016. Captured in Mabini Circumferential Rd, Mabini, Batangas, Philippines.