Florida Stone Crab (Menippe mercenaria)

Florida stone crab

The Florida stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) is often located within the crevices of oyster reefs, where it finds food and refuge.

Contrary to its name, the Florida stone crab is common in South Carolina estuaries (where rivers meet the sea). This crustacean is often located within the crevices of oyster reefs, where it finds food and refuge. The adult Florida stone crab feeds on small invertebrates, such as oysters, barnacles, and snails. It is eaten by large fish, such as sheepshead. In South Carolina, only the larger of the crab's two claws can be harvested. Like most crustaceans, the Florida stone crab can regenerate missing or damaged appendages.