Archive for 'Crustaceans'

Socotra hermit crab

This is one of many hermits roaming the beaches of the western cape of Socotra. Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Potamon socotrensis

Socotra freshwater crab (Potamon socotrensis)

I found a surprising number of freshwater crabs at this permanent pool of water. Some were under water others were preparing for a day hidden from the sun under rocks or in cracks, like this one. Yet another example of the incredible diversity of life on Socotra, as this is not the only endemic species […]

Potamon socotrensis

Socotra freshwater crab (Potamon socotrensis)

I found a surprising number of freshwater crabs at this permanent pool of water. Some were under water, some were wandering out in the open, others were preparing for a day hidden from the sun under rocks or in cracks. Yet another example of the incredible diversity of life on Socotra, as this is not […]

Mottled Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus)

Mottled Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus)

From a distance I first thought there were no marine crabs on the cliffs of Socotra as I was picturing bright red ones like those of Galapagos. When I had some time on a small beach on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra I did see lots of crabs, but the were colored […]

Mottled Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus)

Mottled Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus albolineatus)

From a distance I first thought there were no marine crabs on the cliffs of Socotra as I was picturing colorful ones like those of Galapagos. When I had some time on a small beach on the way to Shuab beach of west Socotra I did see lots of crabs, but the were colored in […]

Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

I found a huge number of this species. At night they were crawling everywhere on land – wherever I walked these crabs were foraging. These shots are at sunset, and they were very busy on the beach. None of the other beaches I visited had a population like this.

South American Freshwater crab (Dilocarcinus pagei)

South American Freshwater crab (Dilocarcinus pagei)

Quite far from any lake or river I encountered this crab on one of the trails in the forest around SouthWild Pantanal. As the rain showers become more frequent in addition to the water from the Chapada dos Guimarães, the limited waterways of the dry season is transformed to a large wetland. At this time […]

Hermit crab (Paguridae)

This Anaa beach was teaming with hermit crabs of sizes from just a few milimeters to about 10 cm. A sign of good health on many levels, as the crabs need food as well as a supply of empty shells to fit their ever changing sizes. With insufficient food supply for the shells, the hermit […]