New Species of Purple Crab in Palawan Discovered
Nope. The photo’s not shopped. This little guy’s one of the four (4) newly-discovered crab species right in the island of Palawan.
The purple coloration, according to Hendrik Freitag of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology (Dresden, Germany), might have no purpose at all aside from color distinction of crabs among its own kind. That’s given the fact that crabs can pretty much identify colors, so it’s the only reason which can be concluded as of now.
Now named as Insulamon Palawanense, these crabs are measured at just about 1 to 2.5 inches in width and are mainly fresh water crustaceans, burrying muddy holes by day, feeding by night.
More about this and other newly found crab species in Palawan via NatGeo
And while we’re at it. No 2 Mining in Palawan.
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