Crustaceans & Shellfish

Mole Crabs- Sea Lice-Genus Emerita

Mole Crabs – Facts and Photographs

Mole crabs of the genus Emerita, 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. They spend the majority of t...
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...
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Freshwater Mussels in Wyman Lake

A large quantity of Freshwater Mussels in 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 column. Bec...
Feeding Snail

A Feeding Snail

AFeeding Snail 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 ca...
natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus)

Natal Lightfoot Crab Facts and Photographs

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. They are similar in looks to the Flat-bodied Crab ...
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Preparing to Chow Down

A camel Shrimp Flatworm (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, shellf...
flat-bodied crab (Percnon planissimum)

The Flat-Bodied Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Flat-bodied Crab (Percnon planissimum) is also known as the Flat Rock Crab and the Sally Lightfoot Crab and the Nimble Spray Crab. They are common inhabitants of the shallows on the East African coast and...
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...
Lobsters 2 Crawling

Lobsters Crawling About

Avideo of ornate spiny lobsters 2 (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.For more ...
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...

American Lobster

An American lobsters (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. A...
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...

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. Photo taken with a Canon EOS 7D and a Tokina AT-X 100mm Macro...
mantis shrimp.

Mantis Shrimp – Facts and Photographs

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

Hermit Crab

The Hermit Crab 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 creatur...