Blue eyed Beachcomber

Blue eyed Beachcomber

Beachcomber Discovery

What type of Crab is that?

It’s not often that I come across something that baffles me on the sea shore, and so I lay down the challenge to my hiking guests to ask questions about our environment and if I don’t know the answer my promise to them is to find out and get back before the end of the trail or via e-mail. This bold statement has put me in some difficult spots often taking months to get to the bottom of the mystery but this is after all the best way to learn.

The other possibility is we may stumble upon a new species which is not as unlikely as one would think! Science has identified some 2 million species, scientists estimated there are millions more left to discover, and new species are constantly being discovered and described.  

Unfortunately this is not new and can’t be named the Blue eyed Beachcomber! This is the megalopa larval stage of a crab – the last stage before it moults into a juvenile that looks like the adult stage. The give-away is the abdomen, which is still segmented and relatively large. It is still difficult to pin down the species, either army crab Dotilla fenestrata (from the general shape), or Columbus' crab Planes minutus, which does have short blue eyes (and a blue body) in the adult stage.

Big thank you for the help towards identifying this little guy.

George Branch, Gavin Maneveldt, Andrew de Blocq, Charles Griffiths

Blue eyed Beachcomber

Jason Stonehewer

Unearthing shoreline secrets. Investigating colourful rock pools, amazing sea creatures, medicinal plants and much more on an informative short walk in Pearly Beach. For longer visits hike Beachcombers Perlemoen trail a spectacular 2/3 or 4 day slack-packing trip accompanied by a specialist guid...

View Profile

What is Xplorio?

Xplorio is your local connection allowing you to find anything and everything about a town.

Watch the Stanford Video
Read More

Other Articles

Nicolette Ross at the Junktique Market

Nicolette Ross at the Junktique Market

Join Nicolette Ross at the Junktique Market tomorrow from 09:00 until 12:00.

Wielie Walie Trail Run at Raka This Weekend

Wielie Walie Trail Run at Raka This Weekend

The first Wielie Walie trail run that will be held at Raka Wine this coming Saturday 26 January. ...

Raka Wine
Creative Exploration of Fynbos

Creative Exploration of Fynbos

Let us take a timeout from consumerism and connect with nature through creating awareness.

A Bird's Eyeview of Birding at Grootbos

A Bird's Eyeview of Birding at Grootbos

Birding is akin to stargazing.

Daily Blog 13 November 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Daily Blog 13 November 2018 | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

It was once more a flat day as we headed out to our dive site.

Canters, Swims, Sunsets & Champagne...

Canters, Swims, Sunsets & Champagne...

Canters and gallops on the beach, stunning sunsets and refreshing swims..., with some super people...

See All Articles