Hexapanopeus angustifrons zoea

Hexapanopeus angustifrons zoea

Collected: Connecticut, summer

ID note: The prominent bump on the “forehead” is diagnostic, but can be difficult to see unless the specimen is viewed at a favorable angle.

Notes: Hexapanopeus angustifrons is one of many common mud (xanthid) crabs. See Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts for descriptions of all species.

Hexapanopeus angustifrons (telson)

ID Notes: The following features of the telson separate Hexapanopeus from most similar mud crab zoeae..

1.The two  outer projections (furca) of the telson are unusually long.

2. The absence of spines on the outer margins of  the furca.

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