Notes on animal associations 1. A porcellanid crab on the sea pen, Pteroeides esperi Herklots

Jones, S (1959) Notes on animal associations 1. A porcellanid crab on the sea pen, Pteroeides esperi Herklots. Journal of Marine Biological Association of India, 1 (2). pp. 178-179.

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Abstract

Recently while examining a living specimen of the sea pen, Pleroeides esperi Herklots, brought up in a shore seine at Vedalai near Mandapam on the Gulf of Mannar, a porcelJanid crab, the colour pattern of which resembled that of the host to a remarkable degree, was found sheltering between the pinnules (plate I, fig. I). The camoufiage was so perfect that it was difficult at a casual glance to spot the crab, the general colour of which was whitish as that of the sea pen . while the carapace and chelipids had dark more or less symmetrically arranged spots, simulating to some extent the dark spots on the distal part and margin of the pinnules.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Animal association; porcellanid crab; sea pen; Pteroeides esperi Herklots
Subjects:Crustacean Fisheries > Crabs
Fish and Fisheries > Fish behaviour
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Biodiversity
ID Code:6871
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:11 Jan 2011 10:14
Last Modified:11 Jan 2011 10:14

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