APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Planes minutus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Columbus or Gulf-weed crab (Crustaceans)
Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 2

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 3

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 4

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 5

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 6

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- collection of crabs 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- in-situ on fishing buoy 1

Specimens above were found on a fishing buoy that was washed-up from the Americas at Marazion, Cornwall. 26.12.15.

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 7

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 8

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- front edge of carapace 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- right corner of carapace 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- front of crab 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- claw 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- dorsal view carapace 9

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- on stalked barnacles 1

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- on stalked barnacles 2

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- on stalked barnacles 3

Specimen found amongst Stalked barnacles, Lepas anatifera, on a commercial fishing float, washed-up at Perranporth, Cornwall. 25.11.15.

Columbus crab
Planes minutus
- two crabs on fishing float 1

Specimen found amongst Stalked barnacles, Lepas anatifera, on a commercial fishing float, washed-up at Praa Sands,, Cornwall. 02.12.15.

Planes minutus arrives here on driftwood and other flotsam from the tropics. The crab does not survive here because of the colder waters around our coast. If found they will happily live indoors at room temperature in a saltwater aquarium, and can be fed on live prey or pieces of white fish or shellfish.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Columbus Crab Planes minutus Crustacean Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.