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
Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) - Common shore or Green crab
Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- recently moulted 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- recently moulted 2

Specimen above found at Gillian Harbour, near Helford, Cornwall, 10.03.15.

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- claw / cheliped 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- tip of hind leg 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- teeth at edge of carapace 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- front middle of carapace 1

Specimen above represents an old moulted crab shell found at Wherry Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall, 22.08.17.

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- with Sagartiogeton undatus 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- with Sagartiogeton undatus 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- with Sagartiogeton undatus 3

The specimen above found with the Small snakelocks anemone, Sagartiogeton undatus, on its carapace. It was found in a prawn trap at Newlyn Marina, Newlyn, Cornwall, 06.09.16.

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- carapaces on strandline 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- carapaces on strandline 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- carapaces on strandline 3

Numerous old carapaces were found on the strandline at Carnsew Pool, Hayle, Cornwall, 03.10.17.

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- moulted / softback / old shell 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- moulted / softback / old shell 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- moulted / softback 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- moulted / softback 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / old male 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / front view 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / front view 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / abdomen / male 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / eggs 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- red / eggs close-up 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- eggs close-up 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- green 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- green / abdomen / male 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- face view 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- face view 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- face view close-up 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- marbled 1

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- marbled 2

Common shore or Green crab
Carcinus maenas
- dried carapace 1

A very common species across the region; commonly found between the tides in estuaries, in harbours and on the open shore. Recent images taken at Lariggan Rocks, Wherry Town, Penzance, 13.08.11; and at Chyandour Rocks, Penzance, Cornwall. 25.09.11.

Scientific and European Names:
Carcinus maenas, Common shore crab, Green crab, Dwarsloper, Strandkrab, Crabe vert, Cangrejo verde, Granchio.

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.

Carcinus maenas Shore Crab Green Crab 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.