Insulamon palawanense

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Insulamon palawanense
Insulamon palawanense 2015 stamp of the Philippines.jpg
Insulamon palawanense on a 2015 stamp of the Philippines
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Potamidae
Genus: Insulamon
Species: I. palawanense
Binomial name
Insulamon palawanense
Freitag, 2012

Insulamon palawanense is a species of freshwater crab from the Philippines described in 2012.[1][2] They are 2.5–5.3 centimetres (1.0–2.1 in) wide and are a striking purple colour.


The species was described by Hendrik Freitag of the Senckenberg Museum of Zoology in Dresden, Germany, having previously been included in a wider circumscription of I. unicorn.[1] The species is endemic to the island of Palawan, where it has a wide distribution.[2] The striking iridescent purple coloration may help the crabs to recognise others of its species,[2] or may serve no purpose.[3]