Sally Lightfoot crabs

Sally Lightfoot crab are very brightly coloured crabs that can be found all over the Galapagos Archipelago and are shoreline scavengers.

Sally Lightfoot crabs

They will basically eat anything they can get from mussels, barnacles, other crabs, young sea turtles and dead fish, but they mainly eat red and green algae. They play an important part in coastal ecosystems and are prey for many of the large sea birds and Herons.

They have five pairs of legs the front two have symmetrical pincers. The other legs are broad and flat, with only the tips touching the ground. They live amongst the rocks just above the limit of the sea spray. They are quick-moving and agile crabs, very hard to catch, but not considered very edible by humans. The young are often hard to spot as they are black or dark brown camouflaging them from predators.

Found on most of the Galapoagos islands, around the shore line.