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Caphyra rotundifrons

Turtle-weed crab

                                                          Philippa Jenkins (2012)


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Physical Description


Life History & Behaviour

Anatomy & Physiology

Evolution & Systematics

Biogeographic Distribution

Conservation & Threats

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Caphyra rotundifrons is dependent on the algae Chlorodesmis fastigiata.

What does it look like?
This crab is less than 2cm in size and is lime green in colour, similar to that of turtle-weed, Chlorodesmis fastigiata.

Where does it live? Caphyra rotundifrons is found only in Chlorodesmis fastigiata. This is found on coral reef flats around the world, such as Australia and Madagascar.

What does it eat? C. rotundifrons only eats Chlorodesmis fastigiata.

How does it move? This crab lacks the adaptations that most of the rest of its family, the swimming crabs, has. Instead it has a claw at the end of its leg to grip algae.

What threats does it face? The current threat status of C. rotundifrons and C. fastigiata is unknown, as it has not been evaluated by the IUCN.