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Rough box crab
Calappa gallus
(Herbst, 1803)

Surface of the carapace rough, covered with nodules and ridges. The color of the crab is orange to orange-brown with yellow beneath.
The front of the carapace and the upper part of the claws are covered with dark red or reddish-brown spots. The legs are yellow with fine red lines.
Often encrustations on the shell make the coloring obscure.
Size: carapace up to 7 cm. wide.

It lives on sandy bottoms.
Depth: ranges from 1 m down to 15 m.

Occasional all throughout the Caribbean.

Rough box crab (Calappa gallus)