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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Hepa Box Crab (Calappa hepatica) camouflages itself on the ocean floor. This species is distinguished by the warty texture across the claws and carapace. Box Crabs are traditonally eaters of molluscs and other small crustaceans, which it tends to wait to wander past its hiding place.
Image taken at night on the Twin Rocks shore dive in front of the Planet Dive Resort in Anilao in the Batangas region of The Philippines.

· Date: Wed January 11, 2006 · Reference ID: /22005-10-22-19-41-30 · Views: 10949 ·
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