For many people in coastal regions around the world, foraging for crabs is a popular pastime.
Crustacean hunters look for their prey on the sea floor, on reefs, in rock pools, and in mud banks. Very few, however, look up in the trees.
This is unfortunate because, in Hong Kong at least, that would be a good idea.
Scientists Stefano Cannicci, of Hong Kong University, and Peter Ng, of the University of Singapore, this week announced the discovery of a new crab species, which spends a lot of its time walking along the branches of mangrove trees growing in tidal zones.
The crabs – dubbed Haberma tingkok – are pretty small, with all the specimens collected measuring less than one centimetre across the carapace.
All, however, were found at least 1.5 metres up tree trunks. The formal description of the crab is published in the journal ZooKeys.
Andrew Masterson is a former editor of Cosmos.
Read science facts, not fiction...
There’s never been a more important time to explain the facts, cherish evidence-based knowledge and to showcase the latest scientific, technological and engineering breakthroughs. Cosmos is published by The Royal Institution of Australia, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the world of science. Financial contributions, however big or small, help us provide access to trusted science information at a time when the world needs it most. Please support us by making a donation or purchasing a subscription today.