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New species of purple crab discovered in the Philippines

☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/04/24 01:56:06
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Four new species of crab have been discovered in the Philippine island of Palawan. And one of the crabs truly stands out with its unusually bright purple shell.
National Geographic reports that the Insulamon palawanese may use its uniquely colored shell to help identify its own kind.

"It is known that crabs can discriminate colours. Therefore, it seems likely that the colouration has a signal function for the social behaviour, e.g. mating," Hendrik Freitag of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology in Dresden, Germany told AFP.

"The particular violet coloration might just have evolved by chance, and must not necessarily have a very specific function or reason aside from being a general visual signal for recognition," Freitag told National Geographic. Freitag's report on the new species of crabs was published in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology.
New species of purple crab discovered in the Philippines


Despite the big news, the newly discovered crabs are quite small in stature, each from about an inch to two inches wide.

While many species of crab are known by their red rust hues, some differently colored crab species are quite popular around the world, perhaps most notably the Chesapeake blue crab.
New species of purple crab discovered in the Philippines

Freitag said the purple crabs likely have several natural predators, including some humans in remote areas. But he said the greatest threat to the species is ongoing forest clearing for farming, mining and home building.


































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  • Flip-182 2012/04/25 21:25:11
    continguing proof that despite the arrogant claims, man does not know everyth...
    Flip-182
    How very cool.
  • Pat 2012/04/25 02:34:49
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    Pat
    I wanted to say they were too pretty to eat too. They are beautiful creatures. I hope they leave them alone and let them live in peace as they probably have for tens of thousands of years. Don't even think about eating them! Besides they're very, very tiny.
  • sjalan 2012/04/24 18:48:19
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    sjalan
    And we will find new things forever in our unexplored world.
  • Thomas Bryant 2012/04/24 18:47:36
    Too pretty to eat.
    Thomas Bryant
    Cool I want one.lol
  • LittleMistersMom 2012/04/24 18:30:56
    continguing proof that despite the arrogant claims, man does not know everyth...
    LittleMistersMom
    Is it bad the whole time I was reading this I was wondering what it tasted like?

    eating crab legs
  • Little Miss Monster 2012/04/24 17:53:35
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    Little Miss Monster
    Wow. So very beautiful. It's always cool when another species is discovered on planet Earth. :)
  • brutusin~ Proud Apetheist 2012/04/24 17:10:49
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    brutusin~ Proud Apetheist
    Will be in Aquarists Hobby Stores near you soon.
  • schjaz 2012/04/24 16:32:28
    Purple crab,formerly know as the Artist Prince Crab
    schjaz
    love it! yay........ cancerian the crab
  • Rachel 2012/04/24 14:52:41
    Purple crab,formerly know as the Artist Prince Crab
    Rachel
  • Clay Slayer 2012/04/24 14:35:48
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    Clay Slayer
    New species of animals, fish , birds are found all of the time... Evolution will not stop untillall life stops....
  • cmdrbnd007 2012/04/24 03:42:18
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    cmdrbnd007
    +1
    Now that is a cool looking crab.
  • D.C. Willis 2012/04/24 03:06:47
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    D.C. Willis
    +1
    Amazing that we have not discovered everything on our own planet yet. :-)
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/04/24 03:00:03
    Purple crab,formerly know as the Artist Prince Crab
    Andy Fletcher
    +1
    Just cuz this answer is hilarious. That's a pretty crab.
  • Tori Childers 2012/04/24 02:41:37
    continguing proof that despite the arrogant claims, man does not know everyth...
    Tori Childers
    +2
    What a beautiful color of crab.
  • Dagon 2012/04/24 02:32:33
  • James 2012/04/24 02:15:01
    Purple crab,formerly know as the Artist Prince Crab
    James
    +2
    I wonder if they are as tasty as their blue cousins from the eastern seaboard.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/24 02:16:33
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +2
    mmmmm lets order them and find out
    you bring the butter
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/24 02:20:08 (edited)
    James
    +3
    eating crab

    Actually lemon tastes a whole lot better than butter suprisingly.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/24 14:28:37
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    Will try that next time i get Crab and lobster
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/24 15:21:40
    James
    +1
    I discovered that ever since I got on Weightwatchers :-)
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/24 16:02:13
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    i lost a ton of weight simply by stop drinking Soda and just drink water and Tea and ( Coffee in moderation )
    Eat more Veggies and Fruits no junk food just healthy food and there are lots of yummy healthy food for snacks nuts berries and no more red meat

    just mainly Fish and Poultry and the weight just melted off me
    since january ive lost 33lbs
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/25 02:03:31
    James
    Nice job. I too have given up soda and I make sure I eat more fruits and veggies. I will say I will never give up red meat, especially considering I need my iron.
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/25 02:04:52
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    Try Lamb its So Good
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/25 02:25:16
    James
    It is VERY good.....and VERY expensive.... :-(
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/25 02:29:17 (edited)
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    where i live its cheaper than cow

    Ground lamb Meat $5.99 lb
    Lamb Leg $8.99lb

    Cow meat
    Hamburger $6.99lb
    Steak $12.99lb
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/25 03:27:37
    James
    Where I live, even bison meat is cheaper than lamb
  • ☥☽✪☾DAW... James 2012/04/25 03:30:30
    ☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾
    +1
    we have a Buffalo Farm in the western part of the state ironically my girlfriend is from Buffalo NY she left there to live in Massachusetts with me coincidence or a Goddess Cosmic Joke
    when she came on the train the buffalo were all on the train tracks almost like saying moo? good bye moo?
  • James ☥☽✪☾DAW... 2012/04/26 02:46:41
    James
    I'd wanna leave Buffalo too. I mean who would WANT to dig out of 15' of snow every year?
  • HippiesKnowAll 2012/04/24 02:01:30
    continguing proof that despite the arrogant claims, man does not know everyth...
    HippiesKnowAll
    +2
    Groovy, I love its colors. I also like this little guy :) blue crabs blue crabs
  • rosesvengeance BN-0 2012/04/24 01:59:45 (edited)
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    in fact it was recently discovered that a dead "chupacabra" was actually a cross breed of a wolf and coyote. New species perhaps?
  • reaper rosesve... 2012/04/24 04:59:39
    reaper
    not sure, i know they both have a common ancestor but i don't know how far back.
  • reaper 2012/04/24 01:58:33
    continguing proof that despite the arrogant claims, man does not know everyth...
    reaper
    +1
    suck on that creationists!
  • Vitalani 2012/04/24 01:57:21
    And there are probably so many more undiscovered things out there yet...
    Vitalani

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