seen? This striking red crab is sometimes seen on our some
of our shores among coral rubble or near living reefs. At some times,
several can be seen on one trip, and then none for several months.
'Pictor' in Latin means 'painter'.
Features: Body width 8-10cm. Body
somewhat fan-shaped. It is usually red to orange with strikingly mosaic-like
patterns of large white spots.
Pincers short, both about equal in size, with black tips. Walking
legs hairy with pointed tips.
is the most poisonous crab of Singapore!
There are several documented deaths caused by eating this crab. Cooking
does not destroy the toxins. The crab is believed to obtain the toxins
from the food it eats, including a poisonous sea cucumber.
Status and threats: This crab
is listed as 'Endangered' on the Red List of threatened animals of
Sentosa, Oct 04
Eating a clam. Pulau Hantu, Jul 10
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on her
Pulau Semakau, Nov 09
reef crabs on Singapore shores
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