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Cancer arenareus (The Sand Crab)

Catesby (1743)

Cancer arenareus (The Sand Crab) (Catesby 1743) image
This watercolor is from Catesby (1743). He labeled it Cancer arenareus, the “Sand Crab.” It is not a fiddler crab, but is rather the closely related ghost crab, Ocypode quadrata. Early taxonomists (e.g., Linnaeus) tended to place this figure with the fiddler crabs. Even though not a fiddler, I include the image on the site largely because it is such a beautiful early painting.