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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Brachyurans > Family Pilumnidae
Fuzzy reef crab
Pilumnus sluiteri
Family Pilumnidae
updated Dec 2019

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 is found in the same habitat and also also has red eyes but is not fuzzy.

Raffles Lighthouse, Jul 06

Sentosa, Dec 19
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.

Fuzzy reef crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores


Sentosa, Dec 19
Photo shared by Jianlin Liu on facebook.

Kusu Island, Dec 19
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

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.


Small Sisters Islands, Aug 21
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

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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