This Thickclaw Porcelain Crab has enormous pincers, although it's a very tiny little fellow!
The edge of the Red Rock Crab's carapace looks like a piecrust.
App. 3 cm body wide, inside a watery hole, near beach.
These crabs were abundant on some rocks at the ocean's edge at this location.
Specimen collected from Baldwin Creek by Cleveland Metroparks staff as part of Case Western Reserve University ichthyology class field trip. Fishes were collected via seining/electrofishing and were released at the end of the class discussion.
The decapods or Decapoda (literally "ten-footed") are an order of crustaceans within the class Malacostraca, including many familiar groups, such as crayfish, crabs, lobsters, prawns and shrimp. Most decapods are scavengers. The order is estimated to contain nearly 15,000 species in around 2,700 genera, with approximately 3,300 fossil species. Nearly half of these species are crabs, with the shrimp (c. 3000 species) and Anomura (including hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, squat lobsters: (c. 2500 species), making up the bulk...