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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Brachyurans > Family Pilumnidae
Fuzzy reef crab
Pilumnus sluiteri
Family Pilumnidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This reddish crabs with a fuzzy growth is sometimes seen on good reefy shores in the South.

Features: Body width 3-5cm. Body oval, body and legs covered with sparse fuzz. Walking legs quite long, sparsely fuzzy. It has stout pincers, with black tips. Eyes bright red.

Sometimes mistaken for the Ferocious reef crab which also has red eyes and found in the same habitat.



Raffles Lighthouse, May 04

 

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Fuzzy reef crabs on Singapore shores

Photos of Fuzzy reef crabs for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Kusu Island, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr..

St. John's Island, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Sisters Islands, Sep 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr..

Acknowledgement
Grateful thanks to Ondrej Radosta for checking with Prof Peter Ng of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum for the identity of this crab.
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