sponge crab (#68, 85K) added April 15 '98

A close-up of a medium-sized sponge crab, less than a foot wide overall. Sponge crabs often use their rearmost pair of legs to grasp a piece of live sponge, which they carry around over their backs as part of their disguise. The furry appearance is from algae growth, which also helps it blend into its environment and hide from predators, such as the octopus. Like many of the "disguised" crabs, sponge crabs are generally slow movers.

Identification: could be either
Dromia dormia or Lauridromia dehaani