Camposcia retusa (Blunt decorator crab)


Crab with a rounded carapace and forked rostrum, small carapace compared to its total length, completely covered in marine organisms (mostly sponges), black teardrop-shaped eyes.


Uncommon but widespread in tropical waters.


Red Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Found on on coral reefs, sand and rubble patches, in a depth range of 1-130 meters.



The carapace is up to 2cm., the total body length can reach up to 10cm.

Prey / Predation

It is a carnivore and feeds on other (smaller) crabs, shrimp and small invertebrates.

Special features

Very well camouflaged, and mostly seen during the night when it is out to feed.