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Petrolisthes eriomerus is a species of marine porcelain crab found in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is commonly known as the flattop crab. It is a flattened, rounded animal, with a carapace up to 20 mm (0.8 in) across. It is a filter feeder, and also sweeps food from rocks. (Wikipedia)
Spotted in a tide pool at the Tongue Point Marine Life Sanctuary.
Like other porcelain crabs, P. eriomerus sometimes casts off limbs as a diversion when trying to escape from a predator, a process known as autotomy. In this species however, the claws of the cast limb continue to grip vigorously after separation. The limb is regrown by the porcelain crab over the period of several moults. (Wikipedia)