UNderwater macro photography. What if every time you gained a few pounds, you not only couldn’t fit into your clothes, but you couldn’t fit into your skin, either? IT’S A DOG-EAT-DOG WORLD Mating behavior: Precopulatory courtship ritual is common (through olfactory and tactile cues); usually indirect sperm transfer (Ref. When hormones are running high, the fishermen can harvest a new female every few hours. If you are out walking along an intertidal shoreline, look for dozens of small holes with balls of soil at the entrances. (Their predicament adds a whole new meaning to “shop ’til you drop.”). What is the difference between 'endemic' and 'indigenous' species? A strong and somewhat stable commercial fishery from Cape Cod to Florida, they are unfortunately not as common in the Caribbean. But at least when they do get their chance, the males will court them appropriately and cuddle them for a few days first, with the one-time deed actually lasting for several hours. The larvae go through several molts (shedding their skins) before metamorphosing (really big changes in appearance) into megalops larvae (yes, it looks like it sounds) and finally into their final torturous form. Guess I will have to keep looking! ALL WASHED UP Participate in over 500 dive topic forums and browse from over 5,500,000 posts. Banyan Books, Inc. Miami, Florida. This makes it easy for the males and females to get together. hermit crab … 8 0 0. channel-clinging crab Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100: This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Who are their enemies? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? For more of Marta’s images, turn the pages of this issue and visit www.harbourclubvillas.com. but is working on an attitude adjustment while counting her blessings and being thankful she is not a crab. Here the female broods her eggs, cleaning and oxygenating them until they are ready to be released. (I’ve even seen a number of swimming crabs clipped to the noses of unassuming and overly curious dogs.). In my estimation, they take the female domesticate role a bit too far, with their aprons and red painted pinchers, but whatever it takes to keep the world in blue crabs. Any idea how to … The top shell is called the carapace and its underside the abdomen. At low tide, fiddlers come out to eat the detritus along the shoreline and retreat to their burrows as the tide comes in. Just think what it would be like to spend your days scurrying to and fro frantically searching for food, while keeping an eye on the nearest bolt hole in case a predator comes cruising by. New World Publications, Inc., Paramount Miller Graphics, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida. LIKE A FISH OUT OF WATER With the exception of the Hairy and Channel Clinging Crabs, the others are less than one inch in size. It is said they are the largest crabs on the reef but if they are I have never seen one that compares in size to Channel Clinging Crabs I have observed. The nearly circular carapace, legs and claws all bear spines and tubercles, those on the claws form a single row along the upper edge of the hand. All three types of Box Crabs inhabit sandy bottoms with the latter two also liking to live in areas of mixed sand and rubble. . Many female crabs only have sex ONCE IN THEIR LIFE!! Then he is off for another tryst and she is left to raise the kids. Then I’ll lead you through what we think we know about the lifestyles and attitudes of the different types of cantankerous crabs. Mithrax spinosissimus, also known as the West Indian spider crab, channel clinging crab, reef or spiny spider crab, or coral crab, is a species of spider crab that occurs throughout South Florida and across the Caribbean Islands. The male crab will literally cuddle the female beneath him, carrying her around for up to week or more prior to their mating. When she finally undergoes her pre-terminal molt (yes, another horror story I’ll get to later), then they are capable of copulating. For this reason, it is important to leave the weed lines along the beaches intact, if we hope to keep our Ghost Crabs around. Similar to the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, it is often seen hiding in crevices in the reef during the day and is more active at night. Premature females have a V-shaped flap that turns into an “apron” for holding eggs once she has had her once-in-a-lifetime encounter. (Talk about having to dry out for a while!). With this technique, fishermen bait a staked line with a male crab (called a jimmy) to attract the young females.