Cymo melanodactylus (Furry coral crab)


Small crab species found between coral branches, brown color and covered in furry hairs. White eyes and black claw tips.


Unassessed by the IUCN Red list. Not a well-known species of crab and missing from most underwater guide books.


Found throughout the Indian Ocean and Indopacific, from Eastern Africa to the Philippines. They seek cover from predators between the coral branches. They can be found in a depth range of 1-10 meters, but more sightings will probably give more insight in their habitat.



The carapace measures up to 3,5 cm. Including the legs it measures up to 6 cm.

Prey / Predation

They feed on detritus and soft coral polyps.

Special features

This species of crab is found between coral, as many other species of coral crab. Take some time to examine corals more closely and you will find a lot.