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This colorful crab generally burrows in sandy areas. As a walking crab, the calico crab's back legs are peg-like rather than shaped like flattened paddles for swimming, as seen on a blue crab. Calico crabs (Hepatus ephiliticus) are in the same family as shame-faced or box crabs, and are sometimes referred to as Dolly Varden crabs. These crabs are scavengers rather than hunters, and are relatively common in the Gulf, burrowing in sandy areas in shallow water.


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