The Boxer Crab (or Pom Pom Crab) (Lybia sp.) is a tiny and fascinating creature.
At often just 1cm in size, they are perhaps best known for their behavior of using their pincers to hold sea anemones, which look like gloves or pom poms. The anemones’ stinging tentacles will deter a predator. In turn, the anemones are provided with mobility and food.
Lybia are also capable of regenerating lost limbs through molting. A crab may gradually regrow a leg after molting several times. They are a very reclusive species, usually only emerging in dim lighting conditions to feed themselves. If threatened they may fake a “jab” at their enemy like a boxer. This feint might repel an attacker that has been stung before.
(by Eugene Lim)
2 years ago | 08:57pm

The Boxer Crab (or Pom Pom Crab) (Lybia sp.) is a tiny and fascinating creature.

At often just 1cm in size, they are perhaps best known for their behavior of using their pincers to hold sea anemones, which look like gloves or pom poms. The anemones’ stinging tentacles will deter a predator. In turn, the anemones are provided with mobility and food.

Lybia are also capable of regenerating lost limbs through molting. A crab may gradually regrow a leg after molting several times. They are a very reclusive species, usually only emerging in dim lighting conditions to feed themselves. If threatened they may fake a “jab” at their enemy like a boxer. This feint might repel an attacker that has been stung before.

(by Eugene Lim)

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