Blue land crab, Cardiosoma guanhumi

Photo by Ryan Dempsey, Belize City near municipal airport, Belize, May 2002.

Photo by Bob Thomas, Grande Riviere, Trinidad, November 2004.Photo by Bob Thomas, Nariva Swamp, Trinidad, November 2011.

Blue land crabs are a delicacy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean where they occur.  It is not uncommon to see vendors standing on the side of the road holding a string of them up for sale.  The blue bucket above has some at a boat launch.  The color of the water wasn’t encouraging, nor was the odor!

As in all land crabs, they frequently visit the water to rehydrate their gills, and when reproducing.

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