If you think spooky vampires are only found in humans, well, think again!
Meet the 2 new species of “vampire crabs” from Java, Indonesia. One has gorgeous purple claws, the other has stunning orange nippers, and they both have intense yellow eyes with purple or orange abdomens that give them their spooky, vampiric, ‘bloodsucking’ appearance.
A biology professor at the National University of Singapore and an author of the report named Peter Ng said that, he saw the crabs for the first time in aquaria in Singapore, where the crustaceans were being sold as pets.
For a species to be formally and properly described and named, its provenance should be known. Of course, it is perfectly legal to name a species without knowing where it comes from, but that would be bad science and irresponsible.”
With a good deal of detective work, study coauthor Christian Lukhaup, a German carcinologist (crab expert), traced the crabs’ origins. They named the two new species Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen, in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. They traced the habitat of the freshwater crabs to Java, Indonesia, after years of ambiguity about their exact origins.
These crabs are kind of special because they’ve been around in the pet trade for 10 years, but no one knew where they came from,” Lukhaup told National Geographic.
Any species that is over-exploited — be it for food, or as a pet — stands threatened. More so for a small freshwater crab like this, which has a relatively restricted range,” Ng said.
via National Geographic