Small-dot anemone crab's description
The Porcelain Anemone Crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus is also known as the Spotted porcelain crab. They are decapod crustaceans in the Porcellanidae family. Although they resemble true crabs they are actually more closely related to squat lobsters. There seem to be two theories as to why they are called porcelain crabs. The first is that they are called porcelain crabs because they are extremely delicate and body parts such as legs and claws break off easily.These usually regenerate when they change shells.
The second is that the white edges of the crab resemble porcelain. They are much prettier just after a shell change as algae grows on their shells, as can be seen in the image above. Their proportionally large claws are used for protection and territorial fights with other crabs rather than for catching prey. This porcelain anemone crab is usually found within the stinging tentacles of a number of sea anemone species.