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Crab ID and Anemone ID

Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 4:57 pm
by carlk3
Any idea what this crab is? He's about 1 inch wide. To me it looks like he has few plants stuck on himself, so I like the idea he's a Decorator Crab, but he doesn't look like the ones in pictures.
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I assume this is a Sea Anemone, but I can't find pictures of ones so branchy. Any ideas?
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Both are from Edmonds this morning.

Thanks,
Carl

Re: Crab ID and Anemone ID

Posted: Mon May 30, 2016 7:15 pm
by nwscubamom
Hi Carl!

I'd say your crab is Pugettia gracilis, the Graceful Kelp Crab. It's found in kelpy areas, and it's a bit of a decorator crab, often attaching kelp to itself.

Your anemone-looking thing is an Orange Sea Cucumber (yeah, the long body is tucked away among the rocks hidden out of view). Cucumeria miniata.

Looks like you had a blast today!

- Janna

Re: Crab ID and Anemone ID

Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 8:07 am
by dwashbur
I highly recommend taking one of Janna's REEF critter ID classes. She covers lots of those critters and they're a lot of fun in the process.

Re: Crab ID and Anemone ID

Posted: Tue May 31, 2016 11:03 am
by carlk3
Thanks for the IDs and the REEF recommendation.