Red Claw

by Camellia Staab March. 25, 2020 215 views

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.

I turned.

I looked.

He ran!

I waited.

He came out and.....

Click!

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.

Claws courtesy of  Local Seas Fisheries East, Vero Beach, Florida

Claws courtesy of Local Seas Fisheries East, Vero Beach, Florida

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Antonio Gil 1 week, 1 day ago

What a beautiful little crab full of colors. Love the way you've finished this post 😁

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 1 week, 1 day ago

😁 I am always thinking of my stomach smile

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Greg Blaney 1 week, 1 day ago

Pretty little guy you managed to photograph. We have lots of crabs where I live but they aren't colourful like this one. And you did a great job of focusing on him (her?). Did you capture two different individuals - one seems to be missing the right claw but photo 9 has that claw. Great series and very informative. Thanks.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Greg Blaney 1 week, 1 day ago

Thank you Greg. The photos were taken two separate days. I couldn't tell you if it's the same guy or two different ones but I can tell you they were taken in the same area. So your guess is as good as mine smile

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Berckmans Peter 1 week, 2 days ago

Quite a beauty this crab. Love to eat it, better than lobster in my opinion.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 week, 2 days ago

Oh I agree...lobster is too much work for not enough meat. Crabs are very little work and lots of meat 😀

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