Cancer arenareus (The Sand Crab)
All Scientific Drawings
This watercolor is from Catesby (1743). He labeled it
, the “Sand Crab.” It is not a fiddler crab, but is rather the closely related ghost crab,
Early taxonomists (
Linnaeus) tended to place this figure with the fiddler crabs. Even though not a fiddler, I include the image on the site largely because it is such a beautiful early painting.