Aquatic Invertebrates - native

Mole Crabs (Emerita spp.) on May 22, 2008

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Description of specimen

See the video here:


Please let me know what it is.

May 22, 2008, 5:53 a.m.

Thanks for the submission video! What you found is commonly called the Pacific mole crab or sand crab (Scientific Name - Emerita analoga). They spend most of their time buried in the sand along beaches moving in and out with the crashing waves so they can be hard to spot.

Here's a link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium page on these crabs and a fact sheet on the same

Robyn Draheim
May 22, 2008, 6:12 a.m.