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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: 2013-12-26 14:13
Viewed: 1770
Points: 20
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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)
  • [2013-12-26 16:01]

Hello Manyee,
What a colorful crab you have posted, great close-up view. Love their beautiful markings and unique facial features. I saw some similar while in Costa Rica, but they were in a very dense area of the rain forest and I couldn't get a really good shot. Well done!!

Hello Manyee,
照的清晰 很漂亮的螃蟹
我照的都很素色 這隻螃蟹顏色鮮豔華麗也很新奇
光線亮麗 嚴石也很美麗 真的很搭配 也非常的美麗
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Manyee
Beautiful picture of this Sally Lightfoot Crab with wonderful colour and sharpness.
Good PoV.
Best wishes.

Very colourful crab.. lovely details on the subject. single colour BG lifted the crab's colour perfectly...



  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-12-26 21:16]

Oh..amazing colors of the crab, beautifully captured. tfs.

hi beighbour, great contrast, TFS Ori

Ciao Manyee, great captute of lovely crab with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-12-27 2:30]

Hi Manyee,spectacular crab in a spectacular capture,the grey backgrond seems perfect to show us in the best way its fantastic colors,great details too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-12-28 1:36]

Hi Manyee,
Very nice shot,amazing colors,good composition and sharpness details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • kabel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 61 W: 0 N: 95] (552)
  • [2013-12-28 20:49]

Hello, superb close up of this very colorful crab. It looks like it has a face and is looking right at us. Great choice of exposure.

Wow! Look at those vibrant colors. Amazing capture ManYee. :)

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