Emerita benedicti is a species of animals with 7 observations. Image of Emerita benedicti (Benedict sand crab). Emerita benedicti. No image available for this species; drawing shows typical species in this Family. Emerita benedicti Schmitt, Taxonomic (Download Help) Emerita benedicti TSN Reference for: Emerita benedicti, Benedict sand crab [ English].

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To cite this page: A mole crab emerita spp. Contributors ebnedicti the copyright to and are solely responsible for contributed content. Search by image Oops! The mole crabs remain buried slightly under the wet sand as the waves wash up and down the beach. Sign in to our Contributor site.

They make good bait but dont stay on your hook as good as the sand flea. Put them in a freezer bag with a mixture of salt benedicit baking powder equal proportions. See this discussionand in particular John VanDyk’s comment, for more info. To catch the sand fleas, you simply stand at benedicfi waters edge and look down the beach to the area where the water is running off the beach.

Back to search Esc. Mole Crabs have five sets of “legs” on their underbelly. Photos of insects and people from the gathering in ArizonaJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in Alabama Photos of insects beneeicti people from the gathering in Iowa Photos from the Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa Photos from the gathering in Washington.

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Sand Crab (Emerita benedicti)

You will see the tell tale Vs in the sand. The fleas wont always be in the colonies. It is not actually a flea and will not harm you in any way.


Please refresh and try again. Upcoming Events Discussioninsects and people from the BugGuide Gathering in VirginiaJuly Photos venedicti insects and people from the gathering in WisconsinJuly Photos of insects and people from the gathering in VirginiaJune Front of the flea. This should make emertia fairly easy IDs based on location, except for the overlap of talpoida and benedicti through the coastal range going from southern SC to MS. I’m not yet certain of any diagnostic characters to separate the two by photo, but at least anything found along the greater Emdrita i.

If you want to take them home with you, put them in a container and place them between layers of damp newspapers. One characteristic of a Mole Crab is that they always travel backwards. I saw Gulf of Mexico as the range for Emerita benedicti, so I thought that ruled it out.

If you need expert professional advice, contact your local extension office. I saw dozens of their little eyes poking out of the sand when the waves were washing back into the ocean.

Emerita is the only continental North American genus of Hippidae. Then place the bag in the freezer. Something went wrong, please try again. Studies have shown that they usually hatch just after sunset and when the waves or tide or high. Just to be safe. There is a popular fisherman’s belief that the orange eggs on a sand flea attracts pompano and other fish to the sand flea. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts.


According to the bilogist, these are small males attracted to a larger female.

Sand Fleas (Mole Crabs or Sand Crabs) Prime surf fishing bait

They are used primarily to paddle through the water and to dig into the soft sand. ADW doesn’t cover all species in the world, nor does it include all the latest scientific information about organisms we describe. It may take a few days before I get to it, so bfnedicti patient. O Yes, people eat sand fleas, A good Google search will turn up several ways to do it.

It is a type of crab that lives in the wet sand at the water’s edge of our beaches.

I imagine Benesicti specimens are going to be a bit tough. Sign In We’re Sorry! Generally speaking, they travel a rmerita in the waves and the current in out area pushes them to the west. The one possible exception is that Hippa testudinaria has been recorded in the Florida Keys and Caribbean, but I’m not quite sure BugGuide even covers that area.

Keep it out of the sun by placing a wet towel over it. Change or rinse the newspaper daily.

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If the problem persists, let us know. After a few days, you should go ahead and freeze them. You do not want to keep them under water as they will consume the oxygen quickly like any other gilled animal benedichi die.