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A new species of tropical fiddler crab

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 02, 2018 09:00 AM
Tubuca alcocki is a new, colorful species of fiddler crab. This species travels well! It has a surprisingly wide range from Western Thailand all the way to the India, Pakistan, and all the way to the Red Sea.
A new species of tropical fiddler crab

A particularly colorful Tubuca alcocki

Tubuca alcocki's coloration is highly variable.  Below are some color variations of the new crab observed in Thailand.   There, it inhabits the muddy banks of mangroves.  Fiddlers are entertaining crustaceans.  A mangrove + Tubuca alcocki biotope would make for a very interesting and unique aquarium.

The new fiddler crab is described in ZooKeys.


Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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