Trapezia Crab or Guard Crab
Photo by Hannah Stewart. Text by G. Bergsma and H. Stewart.
Trapeziid crabs actively defend their coral hosts from predators, and are known to drive away predatory Crown-of-Thorns Seastars by snipping off their thorns and tube feet. Trapezia live only on Pocillopora corals, and feed on their mucus.
|Crabs of the genus Trapezia are found throughout the Indo-Pacific. T. serenei has been reported from Western Australia, Taiwan, Guam, the Tuamotu Islands and the Society Islands.|
|Shallow tropical reefs, reef flats and lagoons where Pocillopora corals grow.|
|Trapeziid crabs clean sediment off their host corals, enabling small corals to survive in high-sediment areas where they would otherwise be smothered.|
- Moorea Biocode Database