The discovery of the crab was made in the marine caves of Christmas Island, and it represented a new family, new genus and new species. Prof Ng said: "To find a new species is cool. To find a new genus is ecstatic. To find a new family - well - that
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Christmas Island blue crab: The Christmas Island blue crab was previously thought to be an aberrant-colour form of the land crab, or just an island peculiarity. But Professor Peter Ng and Queensland Museum senior curator Peter Davie were instrumental in solving its identity crisis, eventually naming it Discoplax celeste. On how it got its name, Prof Ng said: “I had proposed to name it after Queen Elizabeth, as the eureka moment was on the occasion of her diamond jubilee. But Peter, clearly not a royalist, politely objected. So we named it after the Latin word for sky blue. Our celestial blue crab! In hindsight – a much better name!”
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PHOTO: TAN HEOK HUI