Category: Crustaceans

The Caribbean Land Hermit Crab, 26 July 2018

Coenobita clypeatus, the Caribbean land hermit crab; Monroe county, Florida (26 July 2018). South Florida’s not just about snakes and lizards, of course. Every now and then I’m able to pry my eyes out of the foliage and look down at the ground beneath…

The Ghost Crab at Night, 22 May 2014

Ocypode quadrata, the Atlantic ghost crab; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014). Sometimes referred to simply as the “Sand crab,” The Atlantic ghost crab, Ocypode quadrata, shouldn’t be a stranger to coastal residents scratching out a living along the western shores of the Atlantic….

The Speckled Swimming Crab at Night, 22 May 2014

Arenaeus cribrarius, the Speckled swimming crab; Volusia county, Florida (22 May 2014). Ranging along the coasts of both the Gulf of Mexico and the western reaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the Speckled swimming crab (Arenaeus cribrarius) is a fairly nifty and surprisingly durable crab….

The Sargassum Swimming Crab, 01 June 2014

Portunas sayi, the Sargassum swimming crab; Volusia county, Florida (01 June 2014). When people go the the beach, they tend to be somewhat blinded by the density of biodiversity surrounding them. Sure, we’ll take note of the big jellies when they wash up on…

Cardisoma guanhumi, 02 September 2011

Cardisoma guanhumi, the Blue land crab; Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011). The Blue land crab, Cardisoma guanhumi, also generally referred to as the “giant” land crab, is a fascinating crustacean native to Atlantic and Caribbean coastal areas. Its carapace (the central “body” shell)…