Cryptolithoides sitchensis–turtle crab

Cryptolithoides sitchensis, the turtle crab : These photos taken in May, 2013 were submitted by Gretchen Markle . They were taken on the area known as Laird’s Beach¬† (on Parry Bay south of Taylor Road)

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Cryptolithoides sitchensis, turtle crab
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Anomura
Family: Lithodidae
Genus: Cryptolithodes
Species: C. sitchensis
Cryptolithodes sitchensis (Brandt, 1853 [1]