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Flame Box Crab Sep 14, between dive sites La Machaca and Reef Scientifico. Calappa is a genus of crabs known commonly as box crabs or shame-faced crabs. The name box crab comes from their distinctly bulky carapace, and the name shame-faced is from anthropomorphising the way the crab's chelae (claws) fold up and cover its face, as if it were hiding its face in shame. Calappa flammea,Caribbean Netherlands,Flame Box Crab,Geotagged,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Flame Box Crab

Sep 14, between dive sites La Machaca and Reef Scientifico. Calappa is a genus of crabs known commonly as box crabs or shame-faced crabs. The name box crab comes from their distinctly bulky carapace, and the name shame-faced is from anthropomorphising the way the crab's chelae (claws) fold up and cover its face, as if it were hiding its face in shame.

    comments (4)

  1. That is one stunning creature, never heard of it! Posted 10 months ago
  2. Great observation! This crab is seriously adorable! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thank you! He really looked as a scared little child with his hands in his mouth! this "Oh-oh" look...Hilarious :-D Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
      1. Lol :D Posted 4 months ago

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The carapace of this crab is rounded in front, almost straight behind. The hind margins form a thin roof over the legs, partially covering them. The large claws are flattened, triangular, with a crest above, and the fingers are strongly bent downwards.
The color is grayish with markings of purplish-brown on the carapace and bandings on the legs.
Size: carapace up to 10 cm. wide.
Habitat:
This crab inhabits sandy bottoms
Depth: ranges from 1 m down to 15 m.
Distribution:
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Similar species: Ten-footed Crustaceans
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Dec 27, 2017. Captured Sep 14, 2017 19:56 in Buddy Dive Resort, Kralendijk, Caribbean Netherlands.
  • XZ-1
  • f/8.0
  • 1/800s
  • ISO100
  • 6mm