Friday, May 29, 2009

Light-foot Crab

[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Light-foot or Red Shore Crab
(Grapsus tenuicrustatus)

Light-foot or Red Shore Crab - Grapsus tenuicrustatus
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

Light-foot crabs spend a lot of time out of the water, and are most commonly seen on rocky shorelines.

Throughout the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, as far as Hawaii and French Polynesia.

Rocky shorelines and the shallow subtidal.

Scavenges plants, algae and animal material along the shore.

Quick Fact
Light-foot crabs get their name from their speed and agility while scuttling across the rocks.

Learn More
Coming Soon
- Moorea Biocode Database

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