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Old 03-18-2010, 04:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Another Mystery creature!

Yet another creature that I have never seen in books or life that I can recall!
This crustacean was puked up by a sea bass from Pelican Flats. One is I've never seen one, and the other is it is still alive! Very similar to a mole crab, yet very different too. I haven't looked around yet, but maybe someone knows. Thanks, Capt Scott




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Old 03-18-2010, 07:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im even more confused now. Yesturday i thought the head was the side without the tentacles now it looks like the opposite. ??? Still think it might be an oversized sand flea.
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a quick google search looks like it is a Spiny Mole Crab
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Old 03-18-2010, 05:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey I do believe it is some type of mole crab. thanks for the input
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Derek's son could tell us! Blepharipoda occidentalis

cool pics on your website btw
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Looks like bait to me Scott.
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Old 03-23-2010, 02:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I know it works for sea bass! He puked it up alive.

The creature has since passed and we have frozen him.

We have found two similar species, but not this particular one.

The spiny mole crab and the purple surf crab are very close. Not much on line in the field of exotic crustacean, but we are still searching.
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Old 03-23-2010, 03:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Well my old college roommate came through with a scientific name. It says Mole crab "Albunea Catharinae" Not much other info, but a match on the picture. Thanks Chris,

SERTC: Invertebrate Photo Gallery

here is the link where he found it.
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