Calico Crab (Hepatus epheliticus)

Also known as Crustaceans, True Crabs, Box Crabs, Calico Box Crab, Gulf Calico Crab, Shamefaced Crab, Dolly Varden Crab and Leopard crab, Crazy Crab, Gulf Calico Crab, Lady Crab, Stone Crab.

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Also known as Crustaceans, True Crabs, Box Crabs, Calico Box Crab, Gulf Calico Crab, Shamefaced Crab, Dolly Varden Crab and Leopard crab, Crazy Crab, Gulf Calico Crab, Lady Crab and Stone Crab.

Found on sand and mud bottoms often buried in the sand with only the eyes showing, when food comes along it will erupt from it's hiding place to seize its prey!
They feed on plankton and invertebrates.
Length - 6cm
Depth - to - 46m
Widespread Caribbean

Box crab are named because of the way they can tuck their legs into their bodies giving the appearance of a neat box. Shame-faced is from the way their claws fold in in front of their face, as if hiding it in shame.

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