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Orange Swimming Crab

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This crab is very similar to the velvet swimming crab, with flattened rear legs that act as paddles allowing the crab to swim rapidly away from danger. Unlike the velvet crab, this is pale orange or yellow in colour, lacks the red eyes, and is most often found on sand or muddy seabeds.

orange swimming crab.jpgOrange Swimming Crab    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

The flattened rear legs on this crab act as paddles to help it swim through the water

orange swimming crab 2.jpgOrange Swimming Crab    (Photo: Paul Tyler)

Although similar to the velvet swimming crab, this crab lacks its red eyes and patterned shell, and is much more timid - when approached the orange crab frantically swims away, whereas the velvet crab stands its ground in an aggressive pose with outstretched claws.

velvet on sand.jpgVelvet Swimming Crab     (Photo: Paul Tyler)

This is how a velvet swimming crab reacts to being disturbed!

by Paul Tyler

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