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Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center Animal Fact Sheet
SHAME-FACED CRAB
Calappa flammea

Range:
Originally discovered in Tokyo Bay, Japan but has since been found as far away as Africa and can be found in depths up to 250 meters.

The Same-faced Crab get their name from the way they hide behind their greatly enlarged claws. In some species this impression is further enhanced by large reddish-pink spots on the pincers which leave the crab looking embarrassed.  Although they lie low in the rubble, these crabs can be very disruptive due to their aggressive feeding style.

 




Habitat: Although most common in freshwater, they also like brackish waters. Tilapia can adapt too many different habitats including open water, densely grown environments in lakes, streams, ponds, impoundments, wetlands, marine habitats, water courses, estuaries, and marine environments. Prefer tropical water.
Diet: Shamefaced Crabs are active predators feeding on other marine invertebrates such as oysters, snails as well as other crabs. The specially formed forceps are well adapted to pick snails apart and strong enough to crack their shells.
Status: Not Evaluated
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: 8-9 cm
Weight: 2-4 lbs

Lifespan: NA
Reproduction & Offspring: Females lay their eggs from June to September.

 

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