MarLIN Gallery

Arthropods, joint-legged animals, e.g insects, crustaceans & spiders (Arthropoda) gallery

<i>Cancer pagurus</i>, edible crab. <i>Carcinus maenas</i> with eggs on <i>Arenicola marina</i> worm cast. <i>Necora puber</i>. Side view of entire individual on rock.
Group of individuals. <i>Homarus gammarus</i>, dorsal view. Dorsal view of <i>Necora puber</i>. The front of a crawfish hiding between rocks.
Two spiny lobsters. Velvet swimming or fiddler crab. Dorsal view of <i>Maja brachydactyla</i>.  Carapace and legs encrusted with barnacles. Dorsal view of male and female.
Stone crab. Squat lobsters, <i>Munida rugosa.</i> <i>Munida rugosa</i> on lost lobster pots. <i>Liocarcinus holsatus</i> out of water.
<i>Pagurus prideaux</i> with the cloak anemone <i>Adamsia carciniopados</i>. <i>Pagurus bernhardus</i> on shell gravel. <i>Cancer pagurus</i> at Scapa Flow, Orkneys. <i>Cancer pagurus</i> and various other fauna.
<i>Liocarcinus depurator</i>. <i>Lithodes maia.</i> <i>Lithodes maia</i>, detail of carapace and legs. <i>Nephrops norvegicus</i>.
<i>Nephrops norvegicus</i>, detail of head <i>Nephrops norvegicus</i>.  Female, detail of tail with eggs. <i>Nephrops norvegicus</i>, caught in lobster creel. Spiny lobster.
Spiny lobster. Front view of spiny lobster. Spiny lobster. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> in the Channel Isles.
<i>Dromia personata</i>. <i>Balanus crenatus</i>. <i>Jassa falcata</i> A typical barnacle nauplius of <i>Elminius modestus</i>.
A typical cyprid larva, with carapace closed, of <i>Elminius modestus</i>. <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i> mating (penis extended and penetrating neighbouring barnacle). Tubes of jassid amphipods. Close up of tubes and the jassid amphipods in them.
<i>Corophium volutator</i> in a muddy footprint. A <i>Lekanesphaera rugicauda</i> in a crevice. Burrowing prawn <i>Upogebia deltura</i> on the top of mud Close up of <i>Chthamalus montagui</i> from High Water of Spring Tide level seen dry.
Close up of <i>Chthamalus stellatus</i> from about Mid Tide Level seen underwater. An individual of the <i>Callianassa</i> genus. <i>Xantho hydrophilus</i> Predominantly <i>Chthamalus stellatus</i>;<i> three Chthamalus montagui</i> on the right.
Predominantly <i>Chthamalus montagui</i>. <i>Liocarcinus arcuatus</i>. <i>Ebalia tumefacta</i>. <i>Liocarcinus corrugatus</i>.
The bristly crab <i>Pilumnus hirtellus</i>. <i>Xantho pilipes</i> collected from Lee Beach, Ilfracombe. Tubes and emergent <i>Jassa falcata</i> on a <i>Tubularia indivisa</i> stalk. <i>Eurydice pulchra</i>.
<i>Neomysis integer</i>. Aggregation of <i>Petrobius maritimus</i>. Female <i>Pectenogammarus planicrurus</i>. <i>Pycnogonum litorale</i> feeding on an anemone.
Group of <i>Elminius modestus</i>. Close up of the opercular plates of <i>Elminius modestus</i>. <i>Munida rugosa</i> amongst brittlestars. The buoy barnacle <i>Dosima fascicularis</i>.
<i>Orchestia sp.</i> <i>Macropodia</i> spp. <i>Hyas araneus</i>. <i>Synisoma lancifer</i>.
Side view of <i>Synisoma lancifer</i>. <i>Homarus gammarus</i> at Firestone Bay, Plymouth Sound. <i>Cancer pagurus</i>. <i>Inachus phalangium</i>.
<i>Clibanarius erythropus</i> emerging from shell. <i>Thia scutellata</i>. Dorsal view of <i>Hyas araneus</i>. Two <i>Orchestia sp.</i>
The barnacle <i>Megatrema anglicum</i> growing on a cup coral. A squat lobster <i>Galathea squamifera</i>. <i>Rissoides desmaresti</i> held in gloved hand. <i>Rissoides desmaresti</i> on the sea bed.
Line drawing of <i>Neobisium maritimum</i> <i>Cestopagurus timidus</i> Comparative images of <i>Liocarcinus</i> species. Comparative images of <i>Liocarcinus</i> species.
Pre-mating coupling in December. Image of a male specimen of <i>Gonoplax rhomboides</i>. <i>Balanus Perforatus</i>, Whitsand Bay. <i>Inachus dorsettensis</i> in front of snakelocks anenome.
A marbled rock crab <i>Pachygrapsus marmoratus</i>. <i>Macropodia tenuirostris</i>. Common prawn <i>Palaemon serratus</i> on a circalittoral bedrock slope at Firestone Bay, Plymouth Sound. The swimming crab <i>Necora puber</i>.
<i>Megatrema anglicum</i> growing on cup coral. Close up of <i>Diastylis rathkei</i>. <i>Crangon crangon</i> on shell fragments and gravel (from above). <i>Crangon crangon</i> on shell fragments and gravel (side view).
Extreme end of the first walking leg (pereiopod) of <i>Crangon crangon</i>. The last segment (dactyl) hinges on the second-to-last segment (propodus). <i>Solidobalanus fallax</i>. <i>Alpheus glaber</i>. <i>Idotea balthica</i>.
<i>Idotea granulosa</i>. <i>Idotea pelagica</i>. <i>Anurida maritima</i> on water surface. <i>Pagurus forbesii</i>
Propodus of gnathopod II of an adult male <i>Caprella mutica</i> showing the prominent middle projection. Juvenile (first instar) <i>Caprella mutica</i>. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i> collected 20 August 1992. Underside of female <i>Pachygrapsus marmoratus</i>.
<i>Xantho pilipes</i>. The mud burrows of <i>Corophium</i> sp. Two <i>Carcinus maenas</i> mating. Individual <I>Ligia oceanica</I> on rocks on the upper shore at night.
Individual <I>Ligia oceanica</I> on rocks on the upper shore at night. <I>Xantho pilipes</I> on rocks with <I>Fucus serratus</I> and <I>Osmundea pinnatafida</I>. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: carapace is quadrate [squarish]. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: frontal carapace margin between the eyes with four distinct sharp lobes.
<i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: lateral carapace margin with four teeth (spines). <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: setal mat (mittens) on chela (claw) of adult male crab. The function of the mittens remains a mystery. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: narrow V-shaped abdomen of adult male crab. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: broad, U-shaped abdomen of adult female crab to protect eggs.
Catadromous life history of <i>Eriocheir sinesis</i>. <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: zoeal stage VI (eared in the Zoology Department, NHM). <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: megalop, with extend abdomen giving lobster-like appearance (reared in the Zoology Department, NHM). <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>: after the metamorphosis from megalop to first crab stage the abdomen becomes tucked under the body of the crab.
Approximate native distribution of <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i> along the Northern Coast of China and Korea. Mitten crab purchased from a street market in Hong Kong. An advert from a local Thai newspaper. The rapid spread of <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i> across NE Europe from 1912-1937.
The life cycle of the human parasite <i>Paragonimus westermanii</i>. Cross section of ship showing ballast tanks. Ballast water being discharged from the hull of a ship. The inside of a ballast tank. Note the vast area used to hold water.
Sediment in the bottom of a ballast tank provides a good habitat for transporting animals. <i>Inachus dorsettensis</i> in front of snakelocks anenome. Artwork depicting the Chinese mitten crab <i>Eriocheir sinensis</i>. <i>Macropodia rostrata</i>.
<i>Inachus dorsettensis</i> close up. Comparative images of <i>Liocarcinus</i> species. <i>Caprella mutica</i> on a tunicate. <i>Ampelisca spinipes</i>.
<i>Bathyporeia elegans</i>. <i>Liocarcinus depurator</i>. <i>Liocarcinus holsatus</i>. <i>Crangon allmanni</i>.
<i>Eurydice spinigera</i>. <i>Corophium insidiosum</i>. <i>Bathyporeia</i> spp. <i>Galathea squamifera</i> on kelp.
Front view of <i>Cancer pagurus</i>, clutching a bivalve. Male <i>Pectenogammarus planicrurus</i>. Ovigerous female <i>Pectenogammarus planicrurus</i>. Juvenile <i>Pectenogammarus planicrurus</i>.
<i>Pandalus montagui</i> head. Close up of head of <i>Gastrosaccus spinifer</i>. <i>Hyas coarctatus</i> specimen 18 mm long. <i>Ebalia cranchii</i> specimen, approximately 1 cm width.
Single <i>Balanus perforatus</i> specimen. <i>Goneplax rhomboides </i> off Tibbetts Point, Lundy. Goose barnacles <i>Lepas anatifera</i> washed up on the shore. Frontal close up of the common shore crab <i>Carcinus maenas</i>.
Bird's eye view of the hermit crab <i>Pagurus bernhardus</i> crawling along. The edible crab <i>Cancer pagurus</i> burrowing into sandy substratum. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> aggregation around a stand of japweed. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> exhibiting barnacle infestation.
<i>Periclimenes sagittifer</i> amongst the tentacles of <i>Anemonia viridis</i> in the Channel Isles. <i>Homarus gammarus</i> at the Manacles, southwest Cornwall. An ampeliscid (<i>Ampelisca</i> spp.) amphipod. Close up of the head of an amphipod of the genus <i>Bathyporeia</i>.
Close up of <i>Lepas anatifera</i> on rope. <i>Atelecyclus rotundatus</i> on the east coast of Lundy. <i>Inachus phalangium</i> amongst <i>Anemonia viridis</i> tentacles at Bovisand, Plymouth. <i>Inachus phalangium</i> on the west coast of Scotland.
<i>Inachus</i> spp., probably <i>Inachus phalangium</i> at Strome Narrows, Loch Carron, west Scotland. <i>Inachus</i> spp., probably <i>Inachus phalangium</i> at Strome Narrows, Loch Carron, west Scotland. <i>Pagurus bernhardus</i> in the Channel Isles. Naked <i>Pagurus bernhardus</i> in the Channel Isles.
<i>Homarus gammarus</i> in the Channel Isles. Male <i>Corystes cassivelaunus</i> in the Channel Isles. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> at Firestone Bay in Plymouth Sound. <i>Balanus perforatus</i> on rock with <i>Mytilus edulis</i>.
Dorsal view of <i>Crangon crangon</i>. <i>Galathea intermedia</i>. The toad crab <i>Hyas coarctatus</i>. Male <i>Corystes cassivelaunus</i> highlighting length of cheliped.
The circular crab <i>Atelecyclus rotundatus</i>. <i>Inachus dorsettensis</i> with attached sponges, Plymouth Sound. Solitary <i>Elminius modestus</i>. <i>Galathea squamifera</i> on bedrock.
<i>Solidobalanus fallax</i>. <i>Solidobalanus fallax</i> growing on <i>Eunicella verrucosa</i>. <i>Liocarcinus depurator</i> in pre-mating position. <i>Munida rugosa</i> at Lundy.
<i>Pagurus bernhardus</i>. The hermit crab <i>Pagurus prideaux</i>. A male bristly crab <i>Pilumnus hirtellus</i>. <i>Scalpellum scalpellum</i>.
Close up of <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i>. <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i>. Cluster of <i>Solidobalanus fallax</i> on the pink sea fan. <i>Sphaeroma</i> spp.
<i>Elminius modestus</i> in Hooe Lake. A juvenille <i>Carcinus maenas</i> crab. <i>Palaemon elegans</i> crawling on the substratum. Close up view of the head of <i>Palaemon elegans</i>.
<i>Maja brachydactyla</i> hiding under various seaweeds and hydroids. <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i> loosely gathered on a rock. A bright red <i>Alpheus glaber</i>. A laboratory specimen of <i>Corystes cassivelaunus</i>.
Dorsal view of <i>Ebalia cranchii</i>. <i>Liocarcinus depurator</i> on a green background. <i>Liocarcinus marmoreus</i> on a black background. <i>Pagurus prideaux</i> on a green background.
<i>Pandalus montagui</i> on a green background. Six <i>Pisidia longicornis</i> individuals. <i>Xantho hydrophilus</i> on a Spirorbis covered rock. <i>Munida rugosa</i> at south Lundy.
<i>Inachus phalangium</i> sheltering under an anemone. Female <i>Neomysis integer</i> in a laboratory. <i>Crangon crangon</i> in a laboratory. <i>Carcinus maenas</i> reaching for the camera.
<i>Munida rugosa</i> coming out of a crevice. <i>Cancer pagurus</i> in a refuge. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> covered in seaweed strands. <i>Maja brachydactyla</i> crawling along the seabed.
<i>Maja brachydactyla</i> feeding. <i>Balanus perforatus</i> and sponges on a boulder. Red <i>Hippolyte varians</i> on the shore. Green <i>Hippolyte varians</i> in a sandy rockpool.
<i>Homarus gammarus</i> from inside a crevice. <i>Inachus phalangium</i> on a boulder. <i>Inachus phalangium</i> on a rocky shore. <i>Macropodia rostrata</i> from under seaweed.
<i>Macropodia rostrata</i> showing size and attached red seaweed. <i>Pilumnus hirtellus</i> from under a boulder. <i>Eurynome aspera</i> on a rocky shore. Orange <i>Eurynome aspera</i> on a mussel bed.
Dorsal view of <i>Athanas nitescens</i> in shallow waters. Dark brown <i>Cancer pagurus</i> hiding its claws. Side view of <i>Cancer pagurus</i> seeking refuge. Dorsal view of <i>Carcinus maenas</i> out of the water.
Dorsal view of egg-carrying <i>Carcinus maenas</i>. Egg-carrying <i>Carcinus maenas</i> from a rockpool. <i>Diogenes pugilator</i> crawling over wet sand. <i>Diogenes pugilator</i> engulfed in sand.
<i>Galathea squamifera</i> in Charmouth, Cornwall. Dark brown <i>Galathea squamifera</i> on a rocky shore. Yellow <i>Galathea squamifera</i>. Anterior view of <i>Goneplax rhomboides</i> with one claw turned backwards.
Anterior view of <i>Goneplax rhomboides</i> with both claws postioned forwards. Posterior view of <i>Goneplax rhomboides</i>. Colourful carapace of <i>Maja brachydactyla</i>. <i>Necora puber</i> in Batten Bay.
<i>Nephrops norvegicus</i> in an aquarium with its claws extended. Large <i>Palaemon serratus</i> in shallow water. <i>Palaemon serratus</i> at Wembury. <i>Pilumnus hirtellus</i> on cobbles.
<i>Pisidia longicornis</i> next to barnacles. Multiple <i>Porcellana platycheles</i> individuals on a rocky shore. Lone <i>Porcellana platycheles</i> individual in between boulders. <i>Xantho hydrophilus</i> exposed on a rocky shore.
Rear view of egg-carrying <i>Xantho hydrophilus</i>. Front end of <i>Xantho pilipes</i> protruding from a crevice. <i>Xantho pilipes</i> on a patch of seaweed. Pair of purple <i>Balanus perforatus</i> on a rocky shore.
Dead, white <i>Balanus perforatus</i>. Three <i>Balanus perforatus</i> individuals surrounded by much smaller <i>Chthamalus montagui</i>. Larger <i>Balanus perforatus</i> next to smaller <i>Chthamalus montagui</i> and white <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i>. Mostly <i>Chthamalus montagui</i> with a few other barnacles.
<i>Chthamalus montagui</i> with a few whiter <i>Elminius modestus</i>. Smaller <i>Chthamalus montagui</i> next to larger <i>Balanus perforatus</i> and white <i>Semibalanus balanoides</i>. <i>Corystes cassivelaunus</i> burying itself in sand. Male <i>Corystes cassivelaunus</i> carrying a female.
<i>Pollicipes pollicipes</i> attached to rocky shore near Tator Du Lighthouse, Cornwall. Captive <i>Atelecyclus rotundatus</i>. <i>Pisidia longicornis</i> out of water. <i>Liocarcinus depurator</i> out of water.
Freshly caught <i>Palinurus elephas</i> out of water. School of opposum shrimp. Hooded shrimp in a tide pool. Sea spider with egg sac found under rock in tide pool.
Sea spider with egg sac found under rock in tide pool. Juvenile common lobster released as part of a breeding program The sea slater <i>Lekanesphaera rugicauda</i>. The underside of the sea slater <i>Lekanesphaera rugicauda</i>.
The dorsal surface of the sea slater <i>Lekanesphaera rugicauda</i>. The nut crab <i>Ebalia tumefacta</i>. A live necklace shell on the beach, with foot spread across substratum. <i>Verruca stroemia</i> attached to a rockface.
A sea slater emerging from a rock. A northern stone crab in the fucoid zone of Robin Hoods bay. Close up of <i>Pisidia longicornis</I> <i>Palaemon serratus</i>
<i>Necora puber</i> <i>Periclimenes sagittifer</i> within a snakelock's anemone <i>Periclimenes sagittifer</i> within a snakelock's anemone <i>Ebalia tumefacta</i> at Barricane, Devon
A sand ghost shrimp, <i>Pestarella tyrrhena</i>, in the shallows Squat lobster <i>Galathea intermedia</i> below a rocky overhang. A parasitic copepod <i>Lernaeocera branchialis </i>attached to gills. Parasitic copepods <i>Clavella adunca</i> attached to fins.
a  common shore crab  in the intertidal zone. A captured squat lobster. A feeding velvet swimming crab. A velvet swimming crab.
A flying crab. A squat lobster sheltering. <i>Verruca stroemia</i> attached to a <i>Laminaria</i> stalk. A broad-clawed porcelain crab.
An algal covered long-legged spider crab <i>Hippolye prideauxiana</i> An algal covered broad-clawed crab lateral view of <i>Galathea squamifera</i>
<i>Galathea strigosa</i> <i>Macropodia deflexa</i> covered in algae and sediment. <i>Carcinus maenas</i> (dark form) <i>Palaemon serratus</i>
<i>Balanus balanus</i> Opercular valves closed and recessed below rim of aperture. Strong growth lines on scuta. Inconspicuous thin terga at sharp carinal end. <i>Verruca stroemia</i> <i>Galathea squamifera</i> <i>Galathea strigosa</i>
<i>Talitrus saltator</i> 'Albino' female lobster alongside typical coloured <i>Homarus gammarus</i> 'Albino' female lobster telson alongside that of the typical coloured <i>Homarus gammarus</i> Buoy barnacle <i>Dosima fascicularis</i>
<i>Pollicipes pollicipes</i> on rocks at Porthcurno <i>Pollicipes pollicipes</i> on rocks at Porthcurno <i>Pollicipes pollicipes</i> on rocks at Porthcurno Blue colour morph of <i>Pagurus berhardus</i> (hermit crab)