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Mangrove Crabs

I took this picture in the mangrove in Yucatan. It’s an unidentified medium-sized mangrove crab who climbed into my dinghy and was very frightened.  Mangrove crabs are considered keystone species for many reasons: they are very important in stabilizing the ecosystem. On the same trip I also saw a tiny violin crab in the mangrove, jaibas in the shallow tidewaters, and a lot of big scary  horseshoe crab carcasses on the beach.

Neotropic Cormorant

Spanish: cormorán oliváceo

Latin: Phalacrocorax brasilianus

I took this in a mangrove reserve in Yucatan. On this trip I also saw kingfishers, spider monkeys, dolphins, horseshoe crabs, exotic fish and birds of the mangrove.