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mole crab

noun
1.
a burrowing crustacean of the genus Emerita, found on sandy ocean beaches of North America, having a distinctly curved carapace.
Also called sandbug.
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  • The mole crab eats plankton extracted from the water.
Encyclopedia Article for mole crab

crab of the Atlantic beaches from New England to Mexico. It is so named from its digging mole-fashion in sand. The shell is about 3.75 centimetres (1.5 inches) long, somewhat egg shaped and yellowish white with purplish markings. It lives on beaches in the intertidal zone. E. analoga, a broader and flatter species, occurs on the California coast.

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