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« on: April 24, 2012, 02:35:18 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2012, 02:39:16 AM »

..New species of purple crab discovered in the Philippines
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.By Eric Pfeiffer

Four new species of crab have been discovered in the Philippine island of Palawan. And one of the crabs truly stands out with its unusually bright purple shell.

National Geographic reports that the Insulamon palawanese may use its uniquely colored shell to help identify its own kind.

"It is known that crabs can discriminate colours. Therefore, it seems likely that the colouration has a signal function for the social behaviour, e.g. mating," Hendrik Freitag of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology in Dresden, Germany told AFP.

"The particular violet coloration might just have evolved by chance, and must not necessarily have a very specific function or reason aside from being a general visual signal for recognition," Freitag told National Geographic. Freitag's report on the new species of crabs was published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.

Despite the big news, the newly discovered crabs are quite small in stature, each from about an inch to two inches wide.

While many species of crab are known by their red rust hues, some differently colored crab species are quite popular around the world, perhaps most notably the Chesapeake blue crab.

Freitag said the purple crabs likely have several natural predators, including some humans in remote areas. But he said the greatest threat to the species is ongoing forest clearing for farming, mining and home building.

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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2012, 06:08:53 AM »

Well he's one posh lil' crab isnt he?
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 09:28:05 PM »

I could see a big market if someone started a captive breeding program. Very pretty!
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 09:34:21 PM »

It is a " looker" indeed ..
Really nice looking crab ....
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 01:52:20 AM »

If I could find 11 of his buddies, then I would eat them. They look tasty
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 11:30:42 AM »

that is one pretty crab
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2012, 09:38:57 PM »

Wow! that's not a crab -- it's a transformer  happy

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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2012, 08:59:36 AM »

If I could find 11 of his buddies, then I would eat them. They look tasty

 AT 2" I think you might need more than a dozen Smiley

  I will have to try and find some of these when I go back this fall. I have been to Palawan several times Its just a picture perfect place..true white sand beaches and truly nice people.. Can't wait to move there to retire Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2012, 02:17:28 PM »

If I could find 11 of his buddies, then I would eat them. They look tasty

 AT 2" I think you might need more than a dozen Smiley

I was thinking mainly as an appetizer.
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2012, 09:41:37 PM »

Muffy,

Make sure you boil them first. Those claws look nasty!   jolly1

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