Cryptic Sponge crab Cryptodromiopsis spongiosa

Sponge Crab- Facts and Photographs

  The Sponge crab Lauridromia dehaani is not often seen due to their nocturnal habits. During the day they hide in crevices or holes and are usually only seen at night.  As their name implies they d...
Umbilical Egg Cowrie (Calpurnus verrucosus)

Umbilical Egg Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The Umbilical Egg Cowrie, (Calpurnus verrucosus) also known as the Verruca Cowrie or  Little Egg Cowrie is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, known as the false cowries or allied cowries. Te...
Ovula ovum, common name the common egg cowrie

Egg Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

  The egg cowrie, (Ovula ovum) is a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Ovulidae, known as the false cowries or allied cowries. Technically they are not cowries per se but because of their simila...
banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus)

Banded Coral Shrimp-Facts and Photographs

  The banded coral shrimp (Tenopus hispidus) is also known as the banded cleaner shrimp. They are shrimp-like decapod crustaceans belonging to the infraorder Stenopodidea. Their bright red and white...
tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris)

The Tiger Cowrie – Facts and Photographs

The tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris) is one of the larger species of cowrie. They are marine snails in the family Cypraeidae. They are an extremely attractive sight as they move across the reef. APPEARANCE R...
Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii

Smiths Xanthid – Facts and Photographs

  Smith's xanthid Eriphia smithii is a commonly found crab on the East coast of Africa. APPEARANCE Smith's xanthid  grow to a maximum carapace width of  of 60 centimeters and have proportionately ...
Mole Crabs- Sea Lice-Genus Emerita

Mole Crabs – Facts and Photographs

Mole crabs of the genus Emerentia, also known as sea lice, sand fleas or sand crabs, are small crabs that are seldom seen, except perhaps when their shells are washed up on a beach. APPEARANCE Mole crabs ...
Pink ghost crab Ocypode ryderi

Pink Ghost Crab

A pink ghost crab (Ocypode ryderi), rescued from a nearby swimming pool and returned to the beach, puts on his best threatening behavior to try and scare me away. The so called ghost crabs are nocturnal sca...
diving usa

Freshwater Mussels in Wyman Lake

A large quantity of freshwater mussels in Maine's Wyman Lake. These filter-feeders provide a vital service to the lake by removing suspended particles such as algae, bacteria and detritus from the water col...
diving maine

A Feeding Snail

A snail feeds by scraping algae along a rock in Maine's Wyman Lake. Snails are a member of the phylum Mollusca, which also includes freshwater mussles and clams. They're identified by their hard calcium car...
natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus)

Natal Lightfoot Crab

A natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus) shines in the night from the light of my flash, freshly emerged onto the rocks from a dousing wave. The natal lightfoot crab inhabits the intertida...
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Preparing to Chow Down

A camel shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis), also known as a dancing shrimp, prepares to chow down on a flatworm in Dar es Salaam. Shrimp eat whatever they can find on the reef; worms, fish, shellfish, mud ...
Flat-Bodied Crab (Percnon Planissimum)

The Flat-Bodied Crab

A flat-bodied crab (Percnon planissimum) wedged in a coral reef during a night dive in Dar es Salaam. A common crab to see scuttling secretively around boulders in pools and in shallow water. Photo was s...
Hermit Crab

Giant Hermit Crab

A furry, giant red hermit crab, known as the white-spotted hermit crab or spotted hermit crab (Dardanus megistos), photographed on a coral reef during a night dive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These crabs ar...
Sculptured Slipper Lobster

Sculptured Slipper Lobster

A sculptured slipper lobster (Parribacus antarcticus), photographed while night diving in Dar es Salaam. With the somewhat flattened appearance and horseshoe-shaped carapace (hard shell of the exoskeleton t...
Scuba Diving

Lobsters Crawling About

Avideo of ornate spiny lobsters (Panulirus ornatus) during a night dive at Remora in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Several were crawling about the reef, coming right up to the camera on several occasions. Footage...
Lobster

Lobsters

Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. They are benthic, or bottom-dwelling, and are found in all of the world's ocean, as well as brackish environments and freshwater. They ha...
American Lobster

American Lobster

An american lobster (Homarus americanus). Notice the coloration of brown, green and red, some american lobsters are even blue or white. Lobsters only turn bright red after they've been cooked for dinner. Am...
Homarus americanus

The One in 2 Million

A blue american lobster (Homarus americanus), photographed at the New England Aquarium. An estimated one in 2 million lobsters are blue due to a genetic mutation which causes a blue lobster to produce an ex...
Spiny Lobster

A Spiny Lobster

A spiny lobster, also known as a langouste or rock lobster and is from the family, Palinuridae, with about 60 species of achelate curstaceons....
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

GENERAL INFO There are some 400 different species of mantis shrimp. Some mantis shrimps grow up to 30 centimeters (11 inches) in length. Locomotion is via the usual shrimp and lobster met...
Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

It takes a swift break from his scurry as I approach, the fancy face and frisked up forearms, brave and motionless for the camera. In the shallows of a glinting grey ocean, the gleaming creature under it's ...