Aratus pisonii, 27 December 2013

Aratus pisonii, the Mangrove tree crab;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (27 December 2013).

I came across this wee Mangrove tree crab, one of many, scampering about the lush, salty edge of Coral Gables, Florida. This species scratches out its living among the coastal mangrove tangles of the Florida peninsula, but they’re particularly abundant in the southern half of the state.

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