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Crab, Decorator

Scientific name: Cryptodromiopsis antillensis (Stimpson, 1858)

Common name: Decorator crab or hairy sponge crab

[Note: this crab is decorated with a colonial tunicate, Aplidium constellatum]

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Marine Life Code: 725 - Crab, other
830 - Tunicates, sea squirts

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


Image Credit: Heidi Thoricht



FWC Facts:
Just like fish, blue crabs use gills to breathe. But unlike fish, blue crabs can survive out of water for over 24 hours, as long as their gills are kept moist.

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