Crustaceans – specifically crabs – aren’t perhaps the first choice of subject matter for many of the wildlife illustrators out there. But after seeing images of the Sally Lightfoot Crab, I was inspired by the amazing coloration of the animal and I knew I had to draw it. Since then, I’ve added a few more crustaceans, including the toy-like Harlequin Shrimp, which is a favorite of mine (they have them in a tank at the California Science Museum and it’s always fun to see them.
I often see the purple shore crabs on the coastline of my adopted state of California, and at some point I hope to add more native crabs, and other crustaceans to the gallery here. The Atlantic Horseshoe Crab isn’t technically a crab (it’s more closely related to scorpions, spiders and ticks) but I’ve included it here anyway as it is an ocean animal similar to crustaceans, at least in appearance.