Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 11, 2010

Purple Rock Crab

Filed under: Piha — paul @ 8:05 am
Purple Rock Crab

Purple Rock Crab

When you do a bit of rock hopping on the way to the gap in Piha, you will be watched by numerous attentive eyes: in all cracks there are purple rock crabs (leptograpsus variegatus) — usually they scamper away in a hurry before you have a chance to get a closer look. Here I was lucky, finding about half a dozen, apparently without escape route. Aren’t they just beautiful?


  1. Wow. Absolutely gorgeous looking things. The colours are amazing. Great shot too.

    Comment by cara — May 12, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

  2. Absolutely beautiful! You were lucky, and you made the most of it. I’d love to see one of these guys.

    Comment by tapirgal — May 13, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

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