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Mole crab/Sea louse

Hippidae

Description:

This one is quite a big female you can see how she carries her eggs under her front legs in the second picture.

Habitat:

These little guys burrow just under the sand, usually around rocks near the surf. If you do enough digging around different rock pools along the beach you're guaranteed to find one - usually you spot them when they're floating away with the wave!

Notes:

Always fun to see if you can find these at the beach..it can be quite the challenge as they are rather 'shy' and don't much like being out of the sand.

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002
stho002 9 years ago
Mole crab
Hippidae


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9 Comments

loarie
loarie 6 years ago

Hippia

staccyh
staccyh 9 years ago

Thank you Lisa!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 9 years ago

Neat observation!

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

She's huge a gravid!

staccyh
staccyh 9 years ago

Thanks for the ID stho002 and for the kind words Meik and Tiz! :)

Tiz
Tiz 9 years ago

Oh thank you for the information! Very interesting reading! :)
Nice new profile picture as well.
Have a great day! Regards

Meik Meißner
Meik Meißner 9 years ago

Awesome spotting and nice info!

stho002
stho002 9 years ago

Possibly Emerita austroafricana

Tiz
Tiz 9 years ago

I have never seen anything like this before :) Very interesting, 2nd picture shows a female with spawn? I would have loved if you had written something about your find, and the specimen in general...
Best regards Tina

staccyh
Spotted by
staccyh

Hibiscus Coast Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 1, 2013
Submitted on Sep 1, 2013

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