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Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Scientific name: Loxorhynchus crispatus

Taxonomy: Kingdom Animalia → Phylum Arthropoda → Subphylum Crustacea → Superclass Multicrustacea → Class Malacostraca → Subclass Eumalacostraca → Superorder Eucarida → Order Decapoda → Suborder Pleocyemata → Infraorder Brachyura → Section Eubrachyura → Subsection Heterotremata → Superfamily Majoidea → Family Epialtidae → Subfamily Pisinae → Genus Loxorhynchus

Common name: Masking Crab
Locations: Eastern Pacific
Group: Marine LifeInvertebratesCrabs

These crabs decorate themselves with anemones and bryozoans. Sometimes they are very camouflaged. Smaller young are often confused with the sharpnose crab, which has somewhat broader claws and rostral horns which curve inward.

Males have significantly bigger and longer arms. Females and young are hairy and have smaller arms.

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Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Eating a moon jelly
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Crab covered in anemones
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
Loxorhynchus crispatus (Masking Crab)
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