Carcinus maenas (green shore crab) zoea

Carcinus maenas (green shore crab)  zoea

Collected: Connecticut in summer.

ID Notes: This crab zoea lacks lateral spines on the carapace.

Notes: The green shore crab, a native of Europe, was introduced to the U.S. at least 200 years ago, perhaps as an incidental part of ship’s ballast. It is now common along the Atlantic coast.

Collected by: Dennis Allen, University of South Carolina and W. S. Johnson, Goucher College