Lives within oyster gills
1. 5" 1. 5"
Long, narrow claws
Large tooth on its
Burrows within the
PHOTOS (LEF T TO RIGH T): NOAA, WILL PARSONS/CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS,
WILL PARSONS/CHESAPEAKE BAY PROGRAM, NOAA, MARINA CAMPOS VINHAL/ WIKIMEDIA COMMONS,
GLENN PERRIGO, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, STEPHANIE KENDALL
The Chesapeake Bay is a diverse ecosystem, home to thousands of species.
Iconic critters like heron, osprey, and rockfish populate the common vision
of the Bay. But what else dwells in this vast region?
Here we examine at some of the lesser-known species of crabs found in
Bay waters, arranged by maximum shell size and compared with the blue
crab, the most abundant and recognizable crab in the Bay.