Pelagic Red Crabs

Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans) — Order Decapoda (Crabs, Lobster, Shrimp) — Family Munididae (squat lobster) — Genus Pleuroncodes  Species: Pleuroncodes planipes (Stimson, 1860) Species: Pelagic red crab Alternate Name: Tuna crab, red crab, lobster krill, langostilla. Identification: Generally bright red and in appearance resembles a lobster although…

California Spiny Lobster

Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans) — Order Decapoda (Crabs, Lobster, Shrimp) — Family Palinuridae (Spiny Lobster) Species: Panulirus interruptus (Randall, 1840); interruptus refers to the grooves on the abdomen which are interrupted in this species. Alternate Name: Bugs, crayfish, marine crayfish, rock lobster and red lobster. In…

Kelp Crab aka Northern Kelp Crab

Subphylum Crustacea (Crustaceans) — Order Decapoda (Crabs, Lobster, Shrimp) — Superfamily Majoidea (Spider Crabs) — Family Epialtidae — Genus Pugettia  Species: Pugettia producta, (Stimpson, 1857); Pugettia (Puget Sound) producta (product of). Alternate Name: Shield-back crab, northern kelp crab, northern lame crab, and spider crab. Called…