Sunday, April 22, 2012

Purple Crabs in the Philippines!

I want to share what I found when I'm surfing the internet. A purple crab found here in the Philippines! These photos are from National Geographic News. Another new discovery from our country. According to Henrik Freitag of Germany's Senckenberg Museum of Zoology, these small creatures burrow under rocks and roots in streams, feeding on dead plants, fruits, carrion and samll animals in the water at night.


Found in Palawan and it named Insulamon Palawanense. One of the four Insulamon genus species.


This deep purple crab is a female Insulamon johannchristiani. These purple crabs are strong and hard. It is used for prevention from getting battered by river rocks, according to Freitag.


This is a new crab species Insulamon magnum. Magnum means "big" in Latin. This crab is large, about 2 inches or 5.3 cm. The shell of these species are very soft. Very prone from predators.

I don't have photos for the Insulamon porculum and Insulamon unicorn. According to Freitag, scientists began extensive investigations of similar freshwater crabs in the area in the late 1980's.
This Insulamon porculum is similar with Insulamon magnum. They are big in size which measures 3 x 2.5 cm.
Insulamon porculum, measures 33.1 by 25.1 millimetres.

Although they are crabs, they also differ in physical features. Their first hind, the shape of the body shell and sex organs.

Proud to say, Philippines is one of 17 countries that shelters most of Earth's flora and fauna species. The threatening reality, a lot of mining, farming and industrial activities which causes water pollution. The higher risk of extinction for these species..

19 comments:

  1. such colorful creatures...with you in praying they do not become extinct...

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  2. Thanks for information about this crab:)

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  3. I love the color! Cute naman nya!

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  4. Though beautifully colored, they look fierce. Wouldn't want to step on one those claws.

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  5. That is so awesome! Mother nature never fails to impress us as you can see by this wonderful creature. Beautiful! :) Visiting late via Happiness Is.

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  6. These are some interesting statistics on the Phillipines. Never heard about the purple crab before.

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  7. They look real colourful.
    We usually have the black variety.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I really appreciate it :D

    Love these crabs. They're beautiful. Who knew there were purple crabs? Considering a friend showed me pictures of pink dolphins recently, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, eh?

    Happy Monday,
    Jen

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  9. Wow that's awesome, what a colorful character, good subject for a poem 8-D

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  10. What vivid colours. Nature is amazing!

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  11. this is interesting. saw this one yesterday in yahoo. proud for us Filipinos!

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  12. That first image of the crab is absolutely amazing. I love it.

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  13. You has a great blog. I'm very interesting to stopping here and leaves you a comment. Good work.

    Lets keep writing and share your information to us.

    Nb: Dont forget to leave your comment back for us.

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  14. wow, have never seen one before !

    Hey thanks for always visiting our site !

    aligaga

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  15. Lovely color but glad they are not bigger than we are! So cool that we are still discovering new species on this wonderful planet of ours.

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  16. Nakakapanghinayang naman lutuin yan hehehe

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  17. yay! for the pretty crab only found in the Philippines...that is one happiness to share :-) Dropping by from Happiness Is

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  18. Wow...nice ...have u encountered any?

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  19. so awesome ! hope i could encounter it and can take pictures of it .

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