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April 24, 2012 / Hallie Madenski

Colorful New Crab Discovered In The Philippines

A new kind of freshwater crab has been discovered on the Philippine island of Palawan. The purple crustacean, called Insulamon Palawanense, is one of four new 1-2 inch wide species in this genus.

German study author Hendrik Freitag says the brilliant color on this inch wide creatures may not serve a purpose more complex than recognition for others of its kind. 

“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.”

I love arthropods and crustaceans partially because three of my good friends are cancers. Also, myself, my brother, and my favorite gay Bay Area Shaman are Scorpios.

Thrive on, creepy pinching brethren.

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