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Blackback Land Crab

Gecarcinus lateralis


Gecarcinus lateralis, also known by the common names blackback land crab, Bermuda land crab, red land crab (leading to easy confusion with Gecarcoidea natalis) and moon crab (leading to easy confusion with G. quadratus and Cardisoma spp.), is a colourful crab from the family Gecarcinidae. As suggested by the name blackback land crab, it has a large blackish spot, which, although the exact shape is variable, covers a large part of the central carapace ("back"). The legs, claws and outer sections of the carapace are reddish, orange or whitish. The carapace may reach a width of up to 11 centimetres (4.3 in).


I see in the wild, he was crossing the road when I travel to the island of Simeulue, Aceh.

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Aaron_G 9 years ago

Looks like he's dancing to disco music. ;-)

RinaldiAd 9 years ago

I see in the wild, he was crossing the road when I travel to the island of Simeulue, Aceh.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Nice shot. G lateralis is found along the American Caribbean coasts so this must be your pet? Also if you copy-paste from another website like Wikipedia you should give credit and link to that site... and it's a good idea to remove their reference links ( [1], [2] [3] etc. )

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Aceh, Indonesia

Spotted on Nov 11, 2013
Submitted on Nov 11, 2013

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