Made with Vine

Mangrove Tree Crab (Aratus pisonii), Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA

The mangrove tree crab shown above occupies mangrove swamp environments.   It usually lives among red mangroves - Rhizophora mangle (  At low tide, the crabs are near or on the ground.  During high tide, they ascend tree trunks, often to relatively high levels.  Mangrove tree crabs are omnivorous - they are principally herbivores, feeding on mangrove foliage, but are also detritovores, scavengers, and predators on small invertebrates and some protists.

Classification: Animalia, Arthropoda, Crustacea, Malacostraca, Decapoda, Brachyura, Sesarmidae

photographs/text: James St. John | Flickr