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Phylum Arthropoda > Subphylum Crustacea > Class Malacostraca > Order Decapoda > Brachyurans > Family Xanthidae
Pilodius rock crab
Pilodius sp.

Family Xanthidae
updated Dec 2019
Where seen? These tiny crabs are often seen under stones on rocky shores near reefs. Instead of rushing away, these crabs usually remain immobile when disturbed.

Features: Body width about 1cm. The pincers with spoon-shaped tips. Legs with pointed tips.

Sometimes confused with juveniles of other crabs of the Family Xanthidae.

St. John's Island, Oct 11

Pilodius rock crabs on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr



  • Davison, G.W. H. and P. K. L. Ng and Ho Hua Chew, 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book: Threatened plants and animals of Singapore. Nature Society (Singapore). 285 pp.
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