Crabs of the Barnegat Bay 
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The Crabs of the Barnegat Bay Estuary
Though the Blue Claw Crab is probably the most popular species in the bay, the rest are relatively unknown to all but our most dedicated naturalists and fishermen.  Representing all levels of the food web,  from primary  consumers like the fiddler crab, to major predators like the blue claw, they in turn are an indispensable link in the food chain that gives life to every thing else. 

The photos 

you see on this page were collected with shrimp nets, killie traps, and seines, and photographed utilizing  light boxes, and aquariums. And all were taken from the lower Barnegat Bay off the shores of Island Beach State Park.

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Blue Claw Crab (Callinectes sapiduss)

The Lady Crab (Ovalipes ocellatus)

The Green Crab (Carcinus maenas)

The Fiddler Crab (Uca pugnax)

The Fiddler Crab (Uca pugnax)

The Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata)

The Japanese Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus)

The Black Fingered Mud Crab (Panopeus herbstii)

The Black Fingered Mud Crab (Panopeus herbstii)

The Long-Clawed Hermit Crab (Pagurus londicarpus)

                   The Black Fingered Mud Crab (Panopeus herbstii)                

                                        W/ Grass shrimp

The Long-Clawed Hermit Crab  (Pagurus longicarpus)

The Long-Clawed Hermit Crab   (Pagurus longicarpus)

The Flat-Clawed Hermit Crab (Pagurus pollicaris)

Horseshoe Crabs ( Limulus polyphemus )

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of the
Barnegat Bay
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