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Shield-backed Kelp Crab Pugettia producta


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Shield-backed Kelp Crab
credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson/CCSA

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Description Pugettia productus, known as the northern kelp crab or shield-backed kelp crab, is a species of crab in the family Epialtidae.

Found along the Pacific Coast from southern Alaska to northern Mexico.

Dark brown coloured with carapace shaped like a police officer's badge or shield. As the name suggests, it feeds on kelp. Size to 9 cm (3.5 in) across the carapace.

Habitat Rocks, Ocean or bay shallows, Tidepools.

Range Alaska, California, Western Canada, Northwest.