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This is a real reef crab!

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 24, 2018 09:00 AM
The world's oceans are filled with wonderfully strange animals! This is Takedactylus compressus, a new species of reef crab discovered at the Bonin (AKA Ogasawara) Islands east of Okinawa, Japan.
This is a real reef crab!

Takedactylus compressus sp. nov.

The reason for T. compressus' oddly compact and very rectangular body is a mystery.  It is the only other species of the genus, whose congenor Takedactylus masatsunei, while boxy, is not where near as "geometric" as this newly discovered crab.

The new species is described in Tropical Zoology.

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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