Common name: Indo or Indonesian crab (also referred to as C. clpyeata (Latrielle) and C. hildendorfi (Terao). 
Latin Origins: brevi = short or small, manis = hand
Distribution: From Zanzibar to Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands, but not known from the East Africa mainland, south west Pacific Ocean  Southern Ryukyus 
Habitat: C. brevimanus is rarely near the shore, often found in grassy areas and rain forest. Shelters under logs and litter during the day. 
Ecology: Mostly nocturnal, supratidal, most terrestrially adapted of the species, fills shell with fresh or brackish water. Can survive up to two weeks in damp substrate. 
Characteristics: The large pincer is much larger by contrast to the small pincer than in most species. It is also more bulbous in shape. The eye stalks are round and often dark to black. The body becomes wider. Adults of this species can be larger than any other species from the genus Coenobita, weighing up to 0.5 pounds (230 g). Antennal acicle not fused with second segment of peduncle ; eye stalks subcylyndrical; brush of setae on inner surface of right chela only (small pincer).  Rostrum absent. 
Body mass 185g  Carapace 10-25mm, Length total 100-160mm, Often exceeds 10cm total length. 
- Eyes – round, stalk same color as body
- Large claw – very large and bulbous, no stitch marks
- Coloring – body color is uniform all over, varying shades of purple
- Chirps – yes 
Behavior: Brevimanus seems to be a shy but docile species.
Diet: They are scavenger feeders and omnivorous. 
Preferred shells: Turbo argyrostomus  Achatina fulica 
Brevimanus on flickr
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