Another Pennant’s Swimming Crab

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Close up of the small Pennant's Swimming Crab at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales June 2009.

A small sand-covered Pennant’s Swimming Crab, about 2 cm across, emerging from its burrow in the wet sediments at low tide on Rhossili Beach one June.

For more details of this little seashore creature, Latin name Portumnus latipes (Pennant), see the earlier post.

A Pennant's Swimming Crab emerging from the wet sand at low tide on Rhossili beach, Gower, South Wales.


7 Replies to “Another Pennant’s Swimming Crab”

  1. Thank you for your kind comments and for linking to my blog posting, Amy-Lynn. Congratulations and well done on receiving your award. I found some more Pennant’s Swimming Crabs on my recent visit to Rhossili Bay last week. They are lovely little creatures but vulnerable to drying out at low tide. Most people seem not to notice them at all because they are so small and covered with wet sand – so unfortunately the swimmers and surfers tend to tread on them.


  2. These photographs were taken some time ago when the camera I used did not have the wonderful articulated viewfinder; and I was sill able to get down and lie flat on the wet sand to look at the crab eye to eye.


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