A large, heavy, edible crab of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area.
- Menippe mercenaria, family Xanthidae
- Pholeus bifurcatus burrow system corresponds somewhat with modern burrows produced by crabs, such as the stone crab Menippe mercenaria or Goneplax rhomboids.
- During my study periods, the blue crab were observed in all the habitats, while the two less-mobile crabs (the stone crab and the mud crab) were not found in the mud flat.
- From deep-fried cracked conch - a Keys' specialty, to stone crab claws, Florida lobster or a dozen different fish species, Key Largo's chefs take pride in how they prepare the local catch.
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