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A species of purple crab has been discovered on the island of Palawan in the Phillipines. Lead researcher Hendrik Freitag said the bright colors might be a random variation or could be a social advantage, “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.” (Source: National Geographic) It was named Insulamon palawanense.
The new species is very tiny – just one to two inches wide – so bright colors indeed would probably be an advantage for recognition by other crabs of the same species in habitat where so many other objects are much larger
The tiny creatures also can hide in spaces unavailable to their larger counterparts and require less food. They can also survive in less habitat. Even so, the tiny purple crab is endemic, meaning it lives nowhere else, and mining projects on Palawan are disrupting natural areas
Originally posted by Daemonicon
(They aren't the dreaded purple people eaters are they??)edit on 19-4-2012 by Daemonicon because: (no reason given)
Oh you terrible troll, now you got me wondering that. How awful! Well that is a beautiful little creature. It reminds me of the gorgeous tiny poisonous colorful frogs, most of which are also endangered that were on this forum some time ago. Usually in nature such bright colors mean "watch out" but in this case it seems to mean "look at me.".
Originally posted by Barrios
Yeah, but how does he taste?