APHOTOMARINE

An online educational resource dedicated to the photography of
marine themes, marinelife, life on the seashore and in rockpools
in the coastal waters of south-West England by David Fenwick.

Crabs, Crayfish, Lobsters and Squat lobsters (Crustacean Images)
Roll the cursor over the species name below to view a typical image for that species on the right. Click on the species name below to view further images and information for it.

Crabs

Atelecyclus
Atelecyclus rotundatus (Olivi, 1792) - Circular crab

Cancer
Cancer pagurus Linnaeus, 1758 - Edible or Great crab

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

Corystes
Corystes cassivelaunus (Pennant, 1777) - Mask crab

Liocarcinus
Liocarcinus navigator (Herbst, 1794)
- Arch-fronted swimming crab (syn. L. arcuatus)

Necora
Necora puber (Linnaeus, 1767)
- Velvet swimming crab or Velvet fiddler

(Page contains images of unusual blue form)

Pilumnus
Pilumnus hirtellus (Linnaeus, 1761)
- Hairy or Bristly crab

Pinnotheres
Pinnotheres sp. - Pea crab

Pirimela
Pirimela denticulata (Montagu, 1808) - Toothed crab

Portumnus
Portumnus latipes (Pennant, 1777)
- Pennant's swimming crab

Furrowed Crabs

Xantho
Xantho hydrophilus (Herbst, 1790) - Montagu's crab
Xantho pilipes A. Milne-Edwards, 1867 - Risso's crab

Porcelain Crabs

Porcellana
Porcellana platycheles (Pennant, 1777)
- Broad-clawed porcelain crab

Pisidia
Pisidia longicornis (Linnaeus, 1767)
- Long-clawed porcelain crab

Hermit Crabs

Anapagurus
Anapagurus hyndmanni (Bell, 1846) - A Hermit crab

Diogenes
Diogenes pugilator (Roux, 1829) - A Hermit crab

Pagurus
Pagurus bernhardus (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Common hermit crab

Spider Crabs

Eurynome
Eurynome aspera (Pennant, 1777)?
- Short-legged spider crab

Inachus
Inachus phalangium (Fabricius, 1775)
- Leach's spider crab

Macropodia
Macropodia rostrata (Linnaeus, 1761)
- Long-legged spider crab

Maja
Maja squinado (Herbst, 1788)
- Common or Prickly spider crab or Corwich crab

Crayfish

Palinurus
Palinurus elephas (Fabricius, 1787)
- Crayfish, Sea crawfish or Common spiny lobster

Squat Lobsters

Galathea
Galathea squamifera Leach, 1814
- Scaly or Black squat lobster

Galathea strigosa (Linnaeus, 1761)
- Spinous squat lobster

Lobsters

Homarus
Homarus gammarus (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Common or European lobster

Nephrops
Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Langoustine or Norway lobster

Alien Species

Planes
Planes minutus (Linnaeus, 1758)
- Columbus or Gulf-weed crab

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.

European Names - Crabs, Krabben, Crabes, Cangrejos, Granchi.

European Names - Lobsters, Hummer, Langusten, Langoesten, Langoustes, Langostas, Aragoste.

European Names - Crustaceans, Krebstiere, Schaaldieren, Crustaces, Crustaceos, Crostacei.

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