Marine biologist professor Ho Ping-ho, of National Taiwan Ocean University, came across two of the red and white crustaceans while carrying out research on the environmental impact of an oil spill on the beaches of southern Kenting National Park.
"One was dead while the other was dying when they were found on a beach," he said.
The two female crabs, with the bigger one measuring one inch across, are now being studied at the university.
"Luckily the oil leak from the shipwreck was not serious, otherwise the two crabs might have been polluted and escaped our eyes," he added.
The professor said he was writing an essay on the new species.
From the Torygraph
What a beautiful little animal.