Onflated spiny crab (Rochinia crassa)

Photo Credit: S.W. Ross and M. Rhode (UNCW)

Description: This deep water crab calls the sandy and mud bottom of the deep Gulf home. It’s most unusual characteristic is it’s incredibly long chelipeds, or pincers, that can grow to be as much as four times longer than their body, reaching larger than five feet toe to toe!

Depth Profile

Figure 2: Approximate depth range of Inflated spiny crab (black box). Slope of seafloor is a generalized representation of the Gulf of Mexico shelf and outer continental shelf.