Panopeus herbstii, 01 July 2019

Panopeus herbstii, the Atlantic mud crab;
Flagler county, Florida (01 July 2019).

Here’s a crab species I totally didn’t recognize when I came across it in the summer of 2019. Apparently, this is an Atlantic mud crab, a species fairly abundant along the northeastern and eastern Atlantic coastline. They also range south through Florida and show up in Bermuda and even way down in Brazil. Still, it’s not a species frequently reported from Florida via iNaturalist, and it’s not a species I’m used to seeing on the beach. I came across this individual near some limestone outcrops in Flagler county (one of our few beach areas with a rocky shoreline).

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