Friday, 15 June 2018

Shamefaced Crab - Calappa granulata (Linnaeus, 1767) - Cyprus

Calappa is a genus of crabs known commonly as box crabs or shame-faced crabs. The name box crab comes from their distinctly bulky carapace, and the name shame-faced is from anthropomorphising the way the crab's chelae (claws) fold up and cover its face, as if it were hiding its face in shame.

 Photos  by Kostas Aristeidou

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