Trash-covered decorator crab

Trash-covered decorator crab, originally uploaded by Michael Bok.

This crab was found living in the outflow sump system for the research station salt water aquaria system. He has covered himself with plastic, netting and other trash that ends up in the collection basin before the water is sent back out to the sea. The yellow areas on the crab are sponges that the crab actually farms on its body. They provide the dual benefit of camouflage and a portable snack.

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Michael Bok is a graduate student studying the visual system of mantis shrimp.

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