Gallery: Amazing Purple Crabs Discovered in Philippines Already Endange...


Scientists from Senckenberg Research Institute in Dresden and De La Salle University in Manila have discovered four new species of the extraordinarily colorful Insulamon freshwater crab on the island of Palawan, in the Philippines. The various species of purple and red-hued crabs are endemic to only one or a few Philippine islands — 50 percent of the crab species found on Palawan exist only on the island. As the crabs remain dependent on freshwater at all stages of development, they are unable to spread to other islands, causing them to already be endangered by the much-protested mining activities on Palawan.

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  1. Jim King January 10, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Man isn’t going to be allowed to continue ruining the environment much longer. That is all that keeps me from being totally depressed about what is going on all over the world.

  2. GreatEmerald April 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Huh, that’s odd… Why would they be colourful? Are they poisonous? Or live near purple rocks? Or are stronger than your usual crabs? As being colourful in nature pretty much says either “I’m dangerous”, or “I’m stupid and you should eat me”… And if it’s the latter case, I can see why they are endangered.

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