Red-eyed Reef Crab (Eriphia smithii)

Red-eyed Reef Crab (Eriphia smithii)

The marine life around Socotra is rich and diverse, but I am focusing on the flora and fauna on land. However, I had a…


Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Erissel is the easternmost point of Socotra. It is a windswept low-lying area governed by the elements. During cyclones…


Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Erissel is the easternmost point of Socotra. It is a windswept low-lying area governed by the elements. During cyclones…


Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

Red Sea Ghost Crab (Ocypode saratan)

The north-facing beach of the tip of Erissel is wide and deep, with a large part only tasting the waves during…


Inversed Fiddler Crab (Cranuca inversa)

Inversed Fiddler Crab (Cranuca inversa)

I found plenty of this species at this location and no signs of competing species. They thrive here next to a large…


Socotra hermit crab

Socotra hermit crab

This is one of many hermits roaming the beaches of the western cape of Socotra.


Potamon socotrensis

Socotra freshwater crab (Socotrapotamon socotrense)

I found a surprising number of freshwater crabs at this permanent pool of water. Some were under water others were…


Potamon socotrensis

Socotra freshwater crab (Socotrapotamon socotrense)

I found a surprising number of freshwater crabs at this permanent pool of water. Some were under water, some were…


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…


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…