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D GUARD CRAB, PACIFIC
While scuba diving in a shallow Pacific coral reef, Kjell noticed below him a tiny crab with its claws held out in front of its body. To Kjell it looked like the perfect letter “D,” so he photographed it from straight above.

“Back in the museum I finally discovered its story.” Kjell tells us. “The quarter-sized red spotted guard crab lives on the “Pocillopora” coral, where it finds safety among the coral’s branches and feeds on its secreted mucus. In return the crab protects the coral from its predators, usually sea stars. The crab may pick up, shake and throw off small sea stars. .. a lesson not soon forgotten. Larger sea stars such as the Crown of Thorns it pinches and jerks until they leaves to seek another less protected coral.” Even in the absence of sea stars, the coral is healthier overall with its guard crab.
 

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