Common Name: Sandflat Elbow Crab
Scientific Name: Heterocrypta occidentalis
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Animalia, Arthropoda, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Parthenopidae
Habitat: Sand bottoms, intertidal to subtidal zones with depth ~21 meters,
Range: Monterey to San Diego, California
Identification: Purple ridges along triangular carapace with white bumps, elongated arms with defined elbow, pink, yellow and white coloration
Reproduction: Eggs develop underneath the female’s abdomen, courting occurs through sensory cues such as smell and touch.