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Sally Lightfoot Crab

Sally Lightfoot Crab
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-09
Categories: Crustacia
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-02-26 16:48
Viewed: 2610
Points: 12
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The Sally Lightfoot crab, sometimes called the red rock crab, is a common sight on rocky beaches on the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines of the Americas, from Florida down to Brazil and Mexico down to Chile, as well as on nearby islands such as the Galápagos and along the Atlantic coast of Africa.
Adults, which have carapace widths of around 5-8 centimeters, are generally bright red, brown, or orange with various patterns, while young Sally Lightfoot crabs are darker-colored. Sally Lightfoot crabs spend most of their time hiding away in rock crevices, but when they come out to feed—primarily during low tide and during less sunny parts of the day —they move with the remarkable agility and speed that give them their common name. While they feed, powerful waves often crash over them, but they are able to withstand these by flattening themselves against rocks and holding on tightly. Although these crabs mainly eat red and green algae, they will eat practically anything they can get, including mussels, barnacles, other crabs, young sea turtles, dead fish, and the young of seabirds such as boobies. They also clean the beach of other material such as broken eggs and bird and bat droppings. Through their role as predators, grazers, and cleaners, and also through their role as prey for many animals including large birds, octopuses, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles, and chain moray eels, Sally Lightfoot crabs can play an important part in coastal ecosystems.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-02-26 19:47]

Hello Manyee,
What a gorgeous crab you have posted today. Love the bright rich colors and super fine detail you managed to obtain. Nicely composed image with perfect exposure.
I saw some very colorful crabs while in Costa Rica, but this one is simply stunning. Very informative notes. Great capture Manyee!!

Hello Mr.Manyee,
Seldom we see Crab species here in TN.Like your presentation.Excellent colour and sharpness with good POV.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Manyee!
A very good shot of this colorful crab. Great details and clarity and informative notes. Thanks for sharing this colorful composition,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-02-27 1:24]

Hello Manyee,
The colours of this crab are splendid. Fantastic clarity and sharpness. The finest details are visible. Taken from a very good POV.

Hello Manyee,
照的清晰 很漂亮的螃蟹
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到這種紅色的螃蟹
光線亮麗 整體都很清楚 非常地美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-27 14:56]

Hi Manyee,beautiful capture of this crab,so big and so rich of colors,the body design too is very very nice,great quality as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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