Vampire Crab

Common Name:

Vampire Crab

Scientific Name:

Genus: Geosarma

Wild Status:

Not evaluated


Forests, near freshwater rivers and lakes


India, Southeast Asia, Solomon Islands, Hawaii


dense vengetation

Life Span:

2 years


up to 2"

Cool Facts:

  • Vampire crabs are freshwater crabs.
  • They are nocturnal, coming out only at night in search of food.
  • Vampire crabs get their name for their bright red, yellow, or orange eyes.
  • Some species of vampire crabs were already popular in the pet trade before they were described species.
  • They are omnivores, eating algae, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates and even vegetables when available.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Crustacea Class: Malacostraca Order: Decapoda Infraorder: Brachyura Family: Sesarmidae Genus: Geosesarma

Conservation & Helping:

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