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Tidal Spray crab

Plagusia depressa


The tidal spray crab reaches a body width of about 2.4 inches. It can be reddish, greenish or orangish. They have a flat body; the front of the carapace and leg joints have small pointed teeth. They are adapted to the tidal area and can live outside the water exposed to air. They are found down to a depth of about 10 feet.


Found at the water's edge on wharves, floating docks and jetties in salt water areas of Florida, Bahamas, Bermuda, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Brazil.


This tidal spray crab was collected at low tide from a rock jetty and later turned loose again.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

You're welcome!

Karen Hileman
Karen Hileman 10 years ago

Oops! Thank you for moving it to the right group.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Hello! Crabs and other crustaceans (as well as insects, spiders, millipedes, etc) belong to the Arthropod group. I moved your spotting for you :-)

Karen Hileman
Spotted by
Karen Hileman

Sebastian, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 25, 2011
Submitted on Aug 25, 2012

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