Red-clawed crab

We went to a restaurant near the sea last night and, when we came out, we saw several red-clawed crabs (akate-gani ) scavenging in the garbage area of the restaurant. The kids wanted to see them up close so I chased around for about 20 minutes and managed to catch a couple of them. We took these home and took some photographs this morning, then released them on the beach.

Chiromantes haematocheirChiromantes haematocheir

Crustacea: Decapoda: Grapsidae
Chiromantes haematocheir = akate-gani (Red-clawed crab)

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  1. While I was living in Yokohama, I noticed something moving along the road while walking home from work. It was a crab! About that size. I’m not 100% sure if it was the same species but it may have been.

    We weren’t near a beach but there was a river about three blocks away. I had no idea what this crab was doing walking along a suburban Yokohama road late at night, but I figured a kid had picked it up and brought it home from the beach and it either escaped or the mother had gently but firmly placed it outside. I picked it up and took it to the riverbank then went home.

    A couple of weeks later, I found another one about three streets away from where I found the first one – even further away from the river!

    Coincidence? Two different crabs temporarily adopted by crabs then freed? Or are there crabs in Japan that live in the stormwater drains and like walking around streets at night time?

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