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Sally Lightfoot Crab

Grapsus grapsus


Also known as the red rock crab, these crabs were covering the black lava rocks along the coast lines of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos. They get the 'lightfoot' in one of their common names from their ability to jump from rock to rock.


In the sea shallows and on the coast-line black lava rocks.

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KarenL 5 years ago

I love these guys!

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Thanks for the compliment and info, CDF!

Yes, great shots! These are males. Males are larger, are really bright red - and have a "brush", a number of bristles, on the inside of their front two walking legs, visible on the third of your spottings.

NeilDazet 5 years ago

Done! Thanks Staccyh for the compliments!

staccyh 5 years ago

Great series Neil! Such vibrant colours. You can move your spotting to the arthropod category instead of 'other'.

Parroquia Puerto Ayora, Provincia de Gal√°pagos, Ecuador

Lat: -0.74, Long: -90.30

Spotted on Oct 24, 2013
Submitted on Nov 8, 2013


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