Biscayne National Park Crustaceans

Giant land crabs can grow to a clawtip-to-clawtip measurement of 12 inches! (NPS Photo) The following crustaceans have been documented in Biscayne National Park. They have been sorted here alphabetically by common name. The list is not exhaustive, and documented sightings of species not on this list are welcome. Submit your sightings to

Blue Crab, Callinectes sapidus

Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Panulirus argus

Giant Land Crab, Cardisoma guanhumi

Shovel-nose Slipper Lobster, Scytlarides aequinoctialis

Slipper Lobster, Scyllarides nodifer

Spotted Spiny Lobster, Panulirus guttatus

Giant Hermit Crab, Petrochirus diogenes

Hermit Crab (terrestrial), Coenobita clypeatus

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November's Featured Park
The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
November's Animal
Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.