Pachygrapsus transversus, the Mottled shore crab;
Flagler county, Florida (01 July 2019).
The Mottled shore crab isn’t one of our most-commonly-observed local crustaceans, but I find them an absolute delight whenever I do manage to spot them — which tends to only be along the limestone-strewn, rocky shoreline of southern Flagler county. Though they range throughout much of Florida’s Atlantic coast, around the Gulf of Mexico’s perimeter, and even throughout much of the Caribbean, I really only have experience with them in the Flagler region. This is a good enough reason for me to trek north from time to time!