Fiddler Crab

Uca crenulata

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.

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:
Algae, bacteria and decaying marsh plants

Where’s Home:
A permanent burrow in the mudflats