any of numerous crabs that live along the shoreline between the tidemarks, as Hemigrapsus nudus(purple shore crab ), of the Pacific coast of North America.
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Flip it, and you find marine wildlife — some coins have a dolphin or shore crab while others feature cod or lumpfish.
The accompanying illustration shows four stages in the development of the Common shore crab.The Sea Shore | William S. Furneaux
The young ones are hatched in the same state as in our common shore-crab.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) | J. Arthur Thomson
To a shore-crab that comes within its reach the slightest contact with one of those lithe arms is fatal.Sea Monsters Unmasked and Sea Fables Explained | Henry Lee
There is the common shore-crab, for example, which is green in color.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
This species, the yellow shore-crab, has a nearly square body.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide | Augusta Foote Arnold