I have a friend who always reminds me ...
"Look up, look down, look in front of you, and look behind you, whenever you are walking around with your camera. You never know what you will see."
Well he forgot to tell me to also look sideways. Which is what I did when, from the corner of my eye, I saw something red moving.
He came out and.....
Well I knew what it was.
Who doesn't, when it comes to Florida and crabs?
Of course if you are a seafood lover you know that there are several edible types of crabs. The most popular ones being Blue, Snow, Dungeness, King, and the ever favorite of mine Stone Crab.
But did you know that there are 4,400 varieties of crabs?
I didn't, until I started researching to find what variety this little guy came from.
I came to the conclusion that this guy is of the Red Claw Variety, or at least he appears to be based on information and photos out there.
Red claw crab is also known as Perisesarma bidens, mini crab, Sesarma bidens or sesarma moeschi. These species are often mistaken for freshwater crabs but they feel perfect in brackish water. These species can naturally be found in Asia. They live in a tropical temperature areas with shallow water and a sandy ground. Red claw crab can grow maximum up to 10 cm and are relatively smaller than most other aquarium crab species. That is why they are also known as mini crab. You can differentiate male crabs from female by the red claws which are larger in males and the underside of male shell is pointier while in females’ rounder. Usually these crabs have a lifespan of around 2 years. (Source)
If I am correct, then could it be that someone got rid of their aquarium and let this guy loose?
Then with further research I came across this link with a photo resembling this little guy.
But they referred to it as Black Sculling Crab.
I did even more research and got totally confused and decided that as far as I am concerned calling it a Red Claw Crab would be OK.
After all it does have a red claw.
Although, I can guarantee that it will not be as good as these Stone Crab claws.