Porcelain Crab Feeding Inside the Safety of its Host : 2011

Photograph by

Louise Murray

About this image

A Porcelain Crab eating inside the protecting folds of a Pocillopora coral. Porcelain crabs belong to the family Porcellanidae, with 277 species described. They have very flattened bodies to enable them to hunt and hide in rocky crevices. This image was taken at night, an ultraviolet light causing the coral to fluoresce and give a ghostly green light to the scene. Photographed underwater in Tondoba Bay in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. London, United Kingdom