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Blue Crab (Callinectus sapidus) by Tamara Clark

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Callinectus sapitus, from the greek for ‘beautiful swimmer’ can be found in the western Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Argentina. This ten-legged crustacean has a pair of paddle shaped rear appendages which allow it to move gracefully through the water and have helped earned its name. It is easy to determine gender in the Blue Crab, as females have a much wider underside ‘apron’ than males and their claws are more reddish than the males’ characteristic blue claws. Is a bottom dweller and an important link in the marine food chain- being both predator and prey to many other species. It feeds on bivalves, crustaceans, annelids, fish and plants, and is eaten by bass, eel and catfish, among others.
Medium: Watercolor and colored pencil
Size: 12" X 10"

Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she is enjoying illustrating the local flora and fauna. She recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA where she sold images of coastal species in galleries and markets and freelanced in illustration and design. Her clients include the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and a variety of publishers, websites and organizations.

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  • Qnita
    Qnitaalmost 3 years ago

    1 March 2012
    To view, comment and find the link to the challenge of this charming feature, you can visit this Congratulations Page

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago


    Wildlife in Blues Collection!
    March 4, 2012

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021almost 3 years ago

    I love Crabs !! This is GREAT !!

  • Tamara Clark
    Tamara Clarkalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you so much! And I’m honored to be part of the featured images :)

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 2 years ago


    Wildlife in Blue – Amazing Work!
    March 3, 2013

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