Endemic Hawaiian Pom-Pom Crab

Endemic Hawaiian Pom-Pom Crab

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Credit: DAVID FLEETHAM, VISUALS UNLIMITED /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: The endemic Hawaiian Pom-Pom Crab (Lybia edmondsoni) is associated with Sea Anemones (Triactis) that it carries around holding them with their claws and using them for defense, waving them in front of the possible aggressor. This is a mutualistic symbiosis, the benefit for the anemone is in being transported around, with more ease in finding food, Hawaii, USA.

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Keywords: black background, color image, crab, crustacean, day, echinoderm, horizontal, lybia, lybia edmondsoni, mutualism, no people, outdoors, pom-pom crab, sea anemone, side view, symbiotic relationship, triactis, two animals, underwater

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