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Started by bmathison1972, December 18, 2016, 06:43:55 PM
Quote from: stemturtle on December 18, 2016, 07:33:58 PMGenus level match for the Play Visions pear crab is Pyromaia on STS . No luck on species ID.
Quote from: brontodocus on December 19, 2016, 08:30:21 AMAw, finally I know which two ones I am still missing. While the "Pear Crab" is obviously not Pyromaia there is an interesting aspect about taking the figure's name into account (and Pyromaia sounds like it's possibly derived from Pyrus = pear and Maia, i.e. spider crab). I did an image search for all described porcellanid genera without any useful match. We should probably not exclusively focus on Porcellanidae to find an id for this one. The vernacular name "Pear Crab" indicates Inachidae or Inachoidae and I think we may be successful to search within those two families plus Epialtidae and Parthenopidae, so it should at least be within the Majoidea. I've found a few that come close but with no exact match yet. The best contenders so far were Criocarcinus superciliosus and Huenia heraldica and genus Pugettia, all belonging to Epialtidae, because all usually have lateral lobes behind the eyes (which seem to be extremely variable at least in H. heraldica). But there could still be better matches and I'm not convinced the figure represents any of those either. When searching within Majoidea we should not pay too much attention to the size of the first legs with the chelae – the figure is obviously a male but if we find images of a female those would be a lot smaller. The peculiar shape of the carapace is certainly the key to a correct identification.
Quote from: Gwangi on May 04, 2021, 03:13:29 PMSome of these were resold by Battat along with various tropical fishes. I didn't know they were originally Play Visions toys.