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Moon Crab

Ashtoret lunaris


These rounded crabs have eight paddle legs, allowing them to slice with ease into the sand for a quick concealment. The small crabs get stranded upside down on the beach when the fisherman empties his land net so I pick them up and take them back down to the waters edge : )


Fossils of Ashtoret have also been found in Miocene deposits in Japan - Wiki

1 species ID suggestions


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Earlier I did not noticed side thorns properly. But they were clue for me to find specie.

VivBraznell 4 years ago

Wow! That's fantastic Ashish ......... thank you for the ident ........ I knew it was'nt a Paddle crab, although the name WOULD have been very apt.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Here is clarification why this is not in the Portunidae family that I felt earlier...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Uff.. I have very slow net caused wrong suggestion.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Its seen here exact match..

VivBraznell 5 years ago

@Ashish Thank you for changing category. I've looked at Portunidae, but the claws on these crabs all paddle shaped. Have looked but not found a match so far

VivBraznell 5 years ago

@Gerard - very easy to catch when they're upside down : )
@ Nopayahnah - I'm a nice person : )

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

That is a nice thing to do!

GerardTolero 5 years ago

they`re easy to catch

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years ago

Look like one of following family of Marine crabs...
I have changed category as Arthropods...!!

VivBraznell 5 years ago

I love a happy ending! : )


Lat: 9.12, Long: 99.88

Spotted on Apr 26, 2012
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012


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