|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Arthropoda | Subphylum Crustacea | Class Malacostrata|
This crab is named for its habit of carrying a leaf on its back for camouflage. By day, it hides in soft mud, with the leaf above but at night, it swims upside down at the surface, the leaf hiding it from hungry fishes below! It prefers mangroves and muddy areas. The legs are flattened and lined with long hairs, enabling it to swim slowly. (Shell width 1.5cm).
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre