Spider Crab- Libinia

Spider Crab– (Libinia sp.) zoea

Collected: Assateague Island, VA 500 m from shore using an epibenthic sled fitted with plankton net, 365 micrometer mesh

Notes: Libinia is one of several common and widespread spider crabs. This one is most likely Libinia dubia (longnose spider crab). The spines on the telson of L. dubia are stouter than those of L. emarginata (portly spider crab).  

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Telson of the zoea of the spider crab Libinia dubia .

Collected by: Bill Johnson, Goucher College.