Hoplophrys oatesi (Soft coral crab)


Tiny, pink and white crab, perfectly camouflaged for the Dendronephthya soft coral it lives on. Pink to red band markings on the legs and covered in spike-like tubercles.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list. It is widely spread throughout the Indo-Pacific, but can be difficult to spot.


Indi-Pacific; Indonesia, the Philippines, to New Caledonia and Fiji, and up to Japan. It can be found on soft coral of the genus Dendronephthya, in a depth range of 10-90 meters.



Up to 1,5cm.

Prey / Predation

It feeds on plankton and coral polyps.

Special features

These crabs are tiny, so it might take some time before you actually spot one moving.