Anemone Crab

Porcelain Anemone Crab Feeding In Space


Add to cart


Lots of divers have seen Porcelain Anemone Crabs before, but few stop to wonder how they feed. Actually most crabs are scavengers, they will hunt at night eating dead or decaying fish and other organic waste they find, but some crabs have developed other ways of feeding to better suit their lifestyle.

As luck would have it you tend to find Anemone Crabs on, or under Anemone’s, if you find them on top of the Anemone usually just chilling out, stay and watch for a while and you will likely see them display one of two behaviors, the more common of which, is feeding. When they are atop the Anemone it’s fairly normal to see them swiping at the space around them with modified arms that have fine transparent fans at the ends, you can see it in the picture.

These scoops or fans, help them catch and shovel food into their mouths, literally as it washes past them on the Anemone. Getting photos of them doing this can sometimes be a bit of a struggle, as when they are startled they will go back to hiding under the Anemone, also they tend to cease feeding the moment you get too close to them, so you have to relax and be patient.

Also please don’t lift up the Anemone to see if there is a Crab underneath, that will not make for a good photo anyway as they will just be agitated and move around much quicker then their usual slow gait. Stick to the don’t touch policy and you will have a much better time with your macro photography.


Purchase Information

  • All digital images, even when purchased, retain the watermark. This is to prevent theft or unauthorised reproduction of the images without proper credit being displayed for the photographer or image owner.
  • After purchase, you will receive an email from PayPal to confirm payment was made, once your order is processed (Usually Instantly) you will receive a second email with the download link/s.
  • You will get three attempts to download a purchased image once you receive your purchase email.
  • The download link/s do not expire until the image/s have been downloaded.


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Porcelain Anemone Crab Feeding In Space”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More Images From Crustaceans

Posted in Crustaceans on .

Popular Images

Algae Octopus

Algae Octopus – Up Close & No Cropping

It's a lovely day when you can get close enough to normally skittish sea monsters to capture a photo of their eye sockets. This photo was taken on a Kata Beach Scuba Dive a few weeks ago and I kinda skipped over it while browsing my shots but bumped into recently on a recheck and though, hey this is [...]

More About This Image
Justin Hartrey Diving Portrait

Justin & Wide Angle Compact Photography

My love for underwater photography begins and ends with macro, I love little critters and the challenges they bring, but recently I've been working hard on improving the other areas that constitute a well rounded underwater photographer. This includes Wide Angle underwater photography which presents [...]

More About This Image
Juvenile Orange and Black Dragonet

Juvenile Orange & Black Dragonet’s

These guys might not be the rarest find on earth but the Dragonet are relatively beautiful fish, at least when they are young. The Juvenile Orange & Black dragonet comes with oranges, yellows, blues and more when small and as they mature turn a sandy brown. Sounds like some office workers I know [...]

More About This Image
Crinoid Squat Lobster

Crinoid Squat Lobster – Surfing A Feather Star

Sadly if you travel through certain places in Indonesia & the Philippines you will see an alarming trend with dive instructors, guides and photographers using their pointers, tank bangers and metal rods of all kinds to move critters to better spots for photos. Feather Stars, the thing the lobster is [...]

More About This Image

Contact Me