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Shrimps and Lobsters


Barred Shrimp

Heptacarpus pugettensis

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

California Bay Shrimp

Crangon franciscorum

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Deep Blade Shrimp

Spirontocaris prionota

(1-2: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Dock Shrimp

(aka Coonstripe Shrimp)

Pandalus danae

(1,3-4: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: Coral Street, Monterey / 5-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

They have neat eyes:
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

These fluoresce under blue light:
(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

Red Rock Shrimp

Lysmata californica

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey / 2: Goat Harbor, Santa Catalina Island / 3-5: Sea Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island / 6-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Sitka Shrimp

Heptacarpus sitchensis

(1-3: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)

These can be almost transparent.  In the first image, it's above the crab.  In the second image, it's above the feather duster worm.

Slender Shrimp

Heptacarpus tenuissimus

(1-3: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

Stout Shrimp

Heptacarpus brevirostris

(1: Lovers Point, Monterey)

Juvenile Shrimp

(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos)

Before settling down as adults, juveniles are free-swimming.  These are tiny - only a few mm long.


California Spiny Lobster

Panulirus interruptus

(1: Starlight, Santa Catalina Island / 2-3: Coral Gardens, San Clemente Island / 4: Hen Rock, Santa Catalina Island / 5: Sutil Island, Santa Barbara Island / 6-7: Sea Landing Cove, Santa Barbara Island / 8: Indian Rock, Santa Catalina Island)

Pelagic Red Crab

Pleuroncodes planipes

(1-3,6-8: San Carlos Beach, Monterey / 4-5: Coral Street, Monterey)

Despite the name, it's a squat lobster, not a crab.