There’s a tiny flurry in the press today as Ho ping-Ho, a professor at Tawian Ocean University, has announced the discovery of a new species of crab, the “strawberry crab,” from the coast of southern Taiwan. Indeed, it does look like a strawberry. However, it’s not clear whether this species is really new, since it resembles Neoliomera pubescens, a “strawberry crab” long known (since 1865) from islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Ho says the new one is different since, as US News and World Report notes, “it has a distinctive clam-shaped shell about 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) wide”, which apparently differs in an unspecified way from N. pubescens. I’ll take his word for it.
The only photo I could find of the already-described species is indistinct, so I can’t verify this difference. Nevertheless, Ho’s species is a cute little crab (about 1″ across), so here it is:
Figs. 1 The newly-discovered (?) strawberry crab.
Oh, and while investigating links to this beast, I found another one — an octopus (from the waters off southeast Asia) with the magnificent name of Wonderpus photogenicus. Of course P.Z. described this a few years ago, but I don’t think he’s posted a movie: