New 'strawberry' crab species found off Taiwan

Jan 05, 2010
In this undated image released from the National Taiwan Ocean University, a new species of crab (Neoliomera Pubescens) is displayed. A marine biologist said he has discovered a new crab species off the coast of southern Taiwan that looks like a strawberry with small white bumps on its red shell. (AP Photo/National Taiwan Ocean University)

(AP) -- A marine biologist says he has discovered a new crab species off the coast of southern Taiwan that looks like a strawberry with small white bumps on its red shell.

National Taiwan Ocean University professor Ho Ping-ho says the crab resembles the species living in the areas around , Polynesia and Mauritius. But it has a distinctive clam-shaped shell about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) wide, making it distinct.

Taiwanese crab specialist Wang Chia-hsiang confirmed Ho's finding.

Ho said Tuesday his team found two female of the new species last June off the coast of Kenting National Park, known for its rich marine life. The crabs died shortly thereafter, possibly because the water in the area was polluted by a cargo ship that ran aground.

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Simonsez
5 / 5 (1) Jan 05, 2010
Discovering new species is always interesting.

I think the most burning question on my mind is, what do these strawberry crabs taste like?
jselin
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
Discovering new species is always interesting.

I think the most burning question on my mind is, what do these strawberry crabs taste like?


Hahahahah... you beat me to it!
Hunnter
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
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Ho said Tuesday his team found two female crabs of the new species last June off the coast of Kenting National Park, known for its rich marine life

I hope that wasn't the only ones there or we just went and killed off another species.
mysticfree
5 / 5 (2) Jan 05, 2010
Since they died shortly thereafter, does this mean they were already in a jam?
hylozoic
not rated yet Jan 05, 2010
Thank you, very much. The surreal image and taste of strawberry and crab jam (on a scone, say) is going rise to the surface of my consciousness throughout the day. It has it's potential uses; perhaps I can evoke it's taste in correlation with less than desirable personalities I run across until I get home. Andre Breton would be most appreciative of your contribution to the imaginarium of the species:)
marjon
not rated yet Jan 06, 2010
Just wondering how crab was defined as a new species? Genetics? External characteristics?

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