This Helmet Crab's carapace was so beautiful and bright orange on the sand, I decided to use this photo instead of trying to photograph a live one underwater. Since crabs of this size molt annually, you can often find them on the beaches around here.
At 15m in cenote. No natural light.
Blue mouthparts and blue spots. Under rock.
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...