Lady Crab

Ovalipes ocellatus

Image by © Charley Eiseman, CC BY-ND-NC 1.0

Physical: O. ocellatus have a pale grayish carapace with clusters of purple spots. They have five marginal teeth along the front of the carapace, and grow to a maximum of 15 cm. Their last set of paired appendages are called swimmerets, like the Blue Crab

Habitat: Lady Crabs range from Cape Cod (North), to as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. They live in shallow subtidal areas with a sandy bottom.

Feeding: Lady crabs are omnivorous scavengers that eat anything smaller or weaker than themselves.

Breeding: O. ocellatus produce an egg mass called a sponge. The eggs are fertilized internally and carried until they hatch.

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