Striped Shore Crab

Pachygrapsus crassipes

green and black striped crab, dorsal view, held in fingers

Common Name: Striped Shore Crab

Scientific Name: Pachygrapsus crassipes

Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Animalia, Arthropoda, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Grapsidae

Diet: Omnivorous, algae, mollusks, bivalves, crustaceans

Habitat: Rocky shores, mud flats, in channels, hard substrate with many crevices, high tide zone

Range: Native to west coast of North America (Oregon to Gulf of California), movement into Japan and Korea

Identification: Red/purple/green, with horizontal stripes along the square carapace, bright green at joints

Reproduction: Eggs develop underneath the female’s abdomen

Behavior: Spends at least half of its time on land

Predators: Gulls and octopus

dorsal view of a green and black crab on the sand.
crab faces camera, held in a hand. green face with bulging black eyes and white colored claws.
Citations:Johnson and Snook, 1927.Light, Sol Felty. 2007.Russo, Ron, and Pam Olhausen. 1981.Striped Shore Crab.” Cabrillo Marine Aquarium