Shrimp from a river. When out of water like this, they would sometimes make a jerking-kicking movement to jump up the air in order to get back into the water, reminiscent of a click beetle's clicking.
Found in the brush along the creek which flooded a few weeks back
Elizabeth and I visited the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center -- really neat site with lots of birds. Rain was forecasted and by the end of the morning, it was pouring pretty hard. :-/
Hermit crab using shell for shelter. Sea sponge attached to shell
A crab shedding it's outer layer.
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...