27 Sep '11, 1am

Crucifix crab re-appears in Malacca after 40 years absence ... WOW

Crucifix crab re-appears in Malacca after 40 years absence ... WOW

By R.S.N. Murali The Star/Asia News Network Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 MALACCA - The re-appearance of a rare species of crab along the shores here has caused a stir among the people, especially Christians, due to a cross-like mark on its shell. The crustacean, with the scientific name Charybdisferiatus, is a species of Malacostraca and is mainly found in Malaysian and Indonesian waters. It was reportedly last seen in the Straits of Malacca in the 1960s. The species is different from another commonly found species in the state and which also has a cross on its shell. A fisherman from Tengkera here hauled a dozen of these crabs on Sunday, sparking a frenzy among locals who rushed to buy the crabs. The fisherman, who only wanted to be known as Man, 65, said the crabs were considered scarce. He claimed that the crab was last caught in small numbers in the late 1960s. "Only minimal ...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story...

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