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Sally Lightfoot crab

Grapsus grapsus

Description:

Photo one shows a female Sally Lightfoot in the act of depositing her offspring in the ocean! Note her position in what seems to be a shallow pool in the tidal zone and her abdomen flipped backward horizontally. She previously carried around the fertilized eggs and as they are turning into larvae she lets them float off into their planktonic life.

Habitat:

Isla Santiago, Galapagos

Notes:

Thank you to the Charles Darwin Foundation for this information.

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12 Comments

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Thank you LE & Mona!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

So cool..

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

stunning crab, love the third image

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Alice & Diane!

DianePlatcoBrooks
DianePlatcoBrooks 8 years ago

Beautiful creature, incredible series, and I love the name of this crab !

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 8 years ago

Wow! How interesting!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks patty!
Sergio, very lucky!

patty
patty 8 years ago

Interesting and great spotting Karen!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Wow, incredible! Lucky girl!

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

Thank you Peter, I had no idea of the significance of that image but I have now moved it to first place!
Thank you too Antonio!

beautiful cpture Karen,i agreed with Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos,pic #4 is amazing

WOW!!! Spotting no 4 of this fabulous series is an absolute masterpiece! You caught a female Sally Lightfoot in the act of depositing her offspring in the ocean! Note her position in what seems to be a shallow pool in the tidal zone and her abdomen flipped backward horizontally. She previously carried around the fertilized eggs and as they are turning into larvae she lets them float off into their planktonic life. - This spotting tells a story! Congratulations!

KarenL
Spotted by
KarenL

Parroquia Bella Vista, Provincia de Galápagos, Ecuador

Spotted on Nov 25, 2012
Submitted on Dec 18, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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