The sponge crab, Dromia personata, with its sponge overcoat
This sponge crab, Dromia personata, which is called teddy bear crab and sleepy crab by some fishermen, was captured in one of Chris Marquis' crab pots in the Big Russell between the Islands of Herm and Sark, in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the English Channel on the 31 October 2007.
These crabs are slow moving.
The body and legs are covered by a fine 'fur' - hence the vernacular name 'teddy bear crab'. The crab is recognised by the pink tip to its claws. The fifth pair of legs are smaller than the others. The sharp dactyls or digits of these legs stick into the sponge, which is carried above the carapace like an overcoat carried over one's head on a rainy day. If the sponge is pulled off the crab, the crab is very quick to pick-up the sponge, re-orientate it, and pull it back over the carapace.
This crab was placed back into the sea in St. Peter Port harbour after photography.
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