Monday, 24 April 2017

Zombie Crab

After adding a handful of not-particulary-interesting microfungi and another couple of flies I was able to make a low tide foray on Sunday morning. First Common Terns of the year were screeching around Hopeward Point and I eventually found this young Edible Crab ...



I don't expect to see Spirobranchus worm on the top of a baby crab so I turned it over and ...


there it was -  Sacculina carcini - the parasitic barnacle, noted to be common in Green Shore Crab population, but apparently also in Edible Crab.

Pushing on towards the 500 seriously now and should break it before the end of the week without too much trouble

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