Fiddler Crab

Animal Guide : Crustaceans and Marine Molluscs

Fiddler Crab
Fun Fact:
One of the male's pincers is very large and club-like; he waves it in the air to attract females.

What's for Lunch:
Bits of rotting organic matter

Where's Home:
A permanent burrow in the mudflats

Scientific Name:
Uca crenulata

Animal Guide : Crustaceans and Marine Molluscs

Overview:
With its eyeballs perched on stalks, the Fiddler crab can see in all directions. It's a good thing, too, because the crab's soft body can make an excellent snack for a shorebird. The Fiddler crab spends the winter months in a burrow it digs in the mudflats, recognizable by the mud pellets scattered around the entrance hole.