geosesarma

YAS!!!! TWO NEW SPECIES OF VAMPIRE CRABS FROM CENTRAL JAVA!!!

Over the last decade, there has been an increasing number of colourful land-dwelling (or entirely inland) sesarmid crabs sold for the ornamental fish trade in Europe and Asia going under the name “vampire crabs”
The two species, here named Geosesarma dennerle and Geosesarma hagen, are formally described and compared with their closest congeners in Java, G. noduliferum (De Man, 1892) and G. bicolor Ng & Davie, 1995. The identities of G. noduliferum, the type species of the genus, and G. confertum (Ortmann, 1894) are also clarified.

Bicolor Vampire Crab - Zweifarbige Vampirkrabbe - Geosesarma bicolor by Andreas Werth on Flickr.

I used to own a pair of these guys, beautiful colouring and bright eyes.

‘Vampire Crab’

They’re basically Mandarin Crabs however, MCs are bright orange