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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A Porcelain Anemone Crab (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) extends its net like filters to feed in the ocean currents. These crabs are found either within or under large sea anemones such as this species of Stichodactyla anemone.
It is thought that the common Porcelain name comes from the way these crabs shed their claws when under stress or attack.
Image taken on top of a shallow coral reef on a shore dive off of Kata Beach off the coast of Phuket, Thailand in the Andaman Sea.

· Date: Thu April 27, 2006 · Reference ID: /22006-03-11-22-04-33 · Views: 3983 ·
Keywords: crab mithrax porcellanidae tropical pacfic se southeast asia symbosis host protectition hidden pacific
Additional Categories: Porcelain Anemone Crab


Scuba Divers Exiting the Water at the end of a Dive
Paul Osmond

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