Ocean City Crustaceans and Carcinology

Welcome to the Ocean City Crustaceans page, here we will document through photographs and videos the Crustaceans we have found around the Ocean City Maryland USA area…

What are Crustaceans?

There are three basic Amphibian Groups or Orders; Newts and Salamanders, Frogs and Toads, and Caecilians.

Digging a little deeper into Scientific Classifications or Taxonomy of Crustaceans:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea

Crustaceans (Crustacea) form a very large group of arthropods which include such familiar animals as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill and barnacles.

Crustaceans can be divided into six main classes, each having its own species. The classes are as follows:

Class: Branchiopoda – branchiopods, branchiopodes, fairy shrimp, brine shrimp
Class: Cephalocarida – artemia, cefalocarida, cladocera, kiko marinho, pulga da água
Class: Malacostraca – crabs, crayfishes, lobsters, prawns, shrimp
Class: Maxillopoda – fishlouse
Class: Ostracoda – ostracods, ostracodes, seed shrimp
Class: Remipedia – blind crustaceans

How Many Species Of Crustaceans Are There?

There are over 67,000 described species worldwide, they range in size from Stygotantulus stocki at 0.1 mm (0.004 in), to the Japanese spider crab with a leg span of up to 3.8 m (12.5 ft) and a mass of 20 kg (44 lb)

In the Maryland area, as reported by the Maryland Manual Online, there are only about 21 species that make this area home.

Ocean City Crustaceans

Malacostraca – crabs, crayfishes, lobsters, prawns, shrimp

Blue crab (Callinectus sapidus)
– Photographer: Robert J Banach
– Date: Oct. 2, 2014
– Location: 136th St Beach, Ocean City, MD USA

Crabs on the beach | Ocean City Crustaceans

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