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Freshwater crab

Aegla (Anomura: Aeglidae)

Description:

Dead. Near a small dry stream in a lightly forested area.

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8 Comments

auntnance123
auntnance123 9 years ago

Very cool creature. It looks like part squat lobster, part mole crab.

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

Sensacional es del espacio exterior!! muy bello

glennphotos
glennphotos 9 years ago

Thanks. Yes it does look to be from the family Aeglidae, which is a fresh water "crab". http://sysbio.oxfordjournals.org/content...

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

This is stated on wikipedia for the family Aeglidae which encompass the genus Aegla: Aeglidae is a family of freshwater crustaceans currently restricted to South America. They are the only anomurans to be found in fresh water except for a single hermit crab species.

glennphotos
glennphotos 9 years ago

Aegla are only marine? This was found inland. Near fresh water streams.

annorion
annorion 9 years ago

I thought it looked like a crawfish too...However, it seems to be a species of Aegla...I don't know much about them but it seems they are more closely related to hermit crab. Here is the link I found with more info. http://www.planetinverts.com/aegla.html

NicholeSauve
NicholeSauve 9 years ago

Crazy looking little arthropod. Front end aside, it looks like a tick..lol

shebebusynow
shebebusynow 9 years ago

Could this be some kind of crawfish?

glennphotos
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San Juan, Argentina

Spotted on Dec 8, 2011
Submitted on Dec 21, 2011

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