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Crab, Decorator

Scientific name: Cryptodromiopsis antillensis (Stimpson, 1858)

Common name: Decorator crab or hairy sponge crab

[Note: this crab is decorated with a colonial tunicate, Aplidium constellatum]

Species Codes for Trip Ticket Reporting:
Marine Life Code: 725 - Crab, other
830 - Tunicates, sea squirts

License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest:
SPL - Saltwater Products License

* These are unofficial designations, please see Florida Administrative Code Chapter 68B for specifics, https://www.flrules.org/.


Image Credit: Heidi Thoricht



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