However, that is not the whole story. Recently, researchers found a new species called Haberma tingkok that likes to climb trees.
An article posted on Science Daily introduces this bizarre creature:
“Among the crab's characteristic traits are squarish predominantly dark brown carapace, very long legs and orange chelipeds. The species is less than a centimetre long, with the studied specimens measuring between 8 and 9 millimetres, irrespective of their sex. However, the chelipeds of the males appear stout, while in females they are distinctly more slender.
The scientists who found the new species (Haberma tingkok), Dr. Stefano Cannicci, the Swire Institute of Marine Science at the University of Hong Kong, and Dr. Peter Ng, National University of Singapore, have placed the new species in a small genus, which now contains merely three species …
The discovery of the tiny crustacean once again proves how little is known about the diversity of these crabs in Hong Kong.”
Haberma tingkok is not the only crab that climbs trees. The enormous coconut crab does so also.