Breeding season and breeding size of female Emerita portoricensis Schmitt (Crustacea: Anomura) in Trinidad, West Indies

Victor C. Quesnel


Emerita portoricensis Schmitt is common on several of the beaches of Trinidad. It is the small burrowing crustacean that Trinidadians know as sea armadillo, sea tatoo or sea cockroach, but which elsewhere is called mole crab or sand crab. It was the ease of observation of egg-bearing that suggested to me this study which had at first the simple objective of determining the breeding season. Later, a second objective was added as described below.

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