crabs text index | photo index
Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Brachyurans > Family Menippidae
Maroon stone crab
Menippe rumphii
Family Menippidae
updated Dec 2016

Where seen? This sturdy crab is seen in rocky and rubbly areas on our Northern shores. Elsewhere, it is found in sandy-muddy areas usually under rocks.

Features: Body width to about 9cm. Large oval body, edge smooth with four blunt points or 'teeth'. Between the eyes are four tiny bumps arranged in a square. Reddish to pinkish brown and maroon in adults; young crabs maroon to reddish brown, with longitudinal white stripes. Large pincers smooth (no pimples) with black tips. One pincer slightly larger with a large molar-like tooth at the base of the finger. Walking legs not very hairy. Its eyes are all red without any green, unlike
the very similar looking Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwickii).

Sometimes mistaken for the Stone crab (Myomenippe hardwickii) and Red egg crab (Atergatis integerrimus).
Here's more on how to tell apart big crabs with big pincers seen on our rocky shores and coral rubble.

Changi, Jun 08
All red eyes, no green.

Tanah Merah, Jun 12

All red eyes, no green.

Maroon stone crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Punggol, Jun 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Changi, Jun 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Pulau Ubin, Jul 17
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

Chek Jawa, Jul 15
Photo shared by Heng Pei Yan on her blog.

East Coast Park, Jun 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

East Coast, Jun 20
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

East Coast PCN, Apr 17
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

East Coast PCN, Feb 24
Photo shared by Kelvin Yong on facebook.


  • Ng, Peter K. L. and Daniele Guinot and Peter J. F. Davie, 2008. Systema Brachyurorum: Part 1. An annotated checklist of extant Brachyuran crabs of the world. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Supplement No. 17, 31 Jan 2008. 286 pp.
links | references | about | email Ria
Spot errors? Have a question? Want to share your sightings? email Ria I'll be glad to hear from you!
wildfactsheets website©ria tan 2008