New find – the purple crab of the Philippines
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New find – the purple crab of the Philippines

Manila : Philippines | Apr 29, 2012 at 8:23 AM PDT
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The discovery of four new species of fresh water crabs, purple in color that have been found in the Philippines show us how little w know about the world that we live in.

The news has been reported in canada.com of 27th April 2012.

The discovery of the purple crabs has been made in the small, lowland-forest ecosystems of the Palawan island group. These crabs have purple shells and its caws and legs are tipped red.

These usually stay hidden below boulders and roots of trees in the streams and feed on dead plants, fruits and small animals in the water at night.

Hendrik Freitag of Germany's Senckenberg Museum of Zoology is credited with this unique find.

The Philippines is listed by the US-based Conservation International as one of 17 countries in the world which is home to most of plant and animal life on Earth.

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