13 de abril de 2021

Update on the Horse Crab adventure

In my previous journal I wrote about my search for the Horse Crab (Atelecyclus undecimdentatus) and how it was suddenly spotted relatively a lot along our coastline. I went to have a look myself and found some. After that day, more observations were done by various people on other places so I was really curious to find out more about this. After a deeper dive into the observations and literature I think I found out some interesting stuff (more on that later)!

I went to the beach in the past two weeks as often as I could to find more of these guys, and I was lucky! I collected a specimen for the Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the first of this species found in our country) and some for my own collection. I learned a lot these past days about these crabs and about strandings/documenting these finds.

The coming days I will gather my thoughts and literature I found on comparable cases and put everything into writing. The crabs associated with this journal are the finds from past two weeks. To be continued!

Anotado en martes, 13 de abril de 2021 a las 06:45 PM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 59 observaciones | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de marzo de 2021

Looking for the Horse Crab

After I saw various sightings on Waarneming.nl of the rare Horse crab (Atelecyclus undecimdentatus) in one particular place I ofcourse had to go check them out for myself, or I would not be Crabby Maxie! After a 2.5 hours journey by public transport I arrived at the beach of Wijk aan Zee. I walked to the shoreline and barely found any crabs. So, sort of disappointed I went for a coffee at a beach club, and on the way there spotted my first Horse crab! Turns out I needed to look for them in the furthest floodline! I had the coffee and then walked for about an hour along the floodline. And I was lucky! Four carapace and four claws. I also spotted a lot of parts from Necora puber. Great day & worth the travel!

Anotado en martes, 30 de marzo de 2021 a las 02:01 PM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 29 observaciones | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de marzo de 2021

A weekend on Ameland

Last time I was on the island of Ameland I saw a lot of my favourite crab, the masked crab (Corystes cassivelaunus). So ofcourse, when we had the opportunity to get a weekend off, we revisited this island. And I was not disappointed! There really are more masked crabs on this island compared to the others. Maybe there is a deep(er) sea trench in that part of the North Sea or something there? I'll have to find out! I was also surprised by some claws of Necora puber, they always have beautiful purple-red-blue hues.

Anotado en jueves, 25 de marzo de 2021 a las 09:46 AM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 70 observaciones | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

08 de diciembre de 2020

Assignment on Mosses & Lichens

For an university assignment I had to study mosses & lichens for a few days. Ofcourse I added them on iNaturalist, and in this journal post are all the things I encountered! I found out it's pretty difficult to ID mosses, and the AI kind of smells on my various ID-ing apps.

I never realised how diverse mosses & lichens can be. It was quite fun to study the difference between the moss-lichen ratio in two different areas on the Netherlands. Near the dune area (where I live) there were way more mosses compared to lichens than in the urban area close to Schiphol where my group mate lives.

I learned a lot and I don't think I'll skip mosses & lichens again when walking in nature! :-)

Anotado en martes, 08 de diciembre de 2020 a las 10:52 AM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 32 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de noviembre de 2020

A weekend on a Wadden Island

Had a great weekend on the island of Schiermonnikoog, one of the Wadden Islands of the Netherlands. It's a fourty minute boat ride from the mainland but you feel on a totally different place. Here a collection of all the great stuff I saw.

Secretly I was hoping to find a Goneplax rhomboides, but sightings are rare so I didn't get my hopes up. (Well, maybe I did, secretly!) I did not find one, but did see my favourite, Corystes cassivelaunus.

Interestingly there were loads of dead birds on the island. After some looking around and talking to people I found out there's a bird flu raging around the islands.

Ofcourse loads of C. maenas, Liocarcinus & some cool jellies and sea stars. My search for the G. rhomboides continues!

Anotado en lunes, 09 de noviembre de 2020 a las 11:10 AM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 55 observaciones | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

02 de octubre de 2020

A stormy walk

On one of the worst-weather days so far this year, I went out with a friend to look for mushrooms. There are a lot of them right now! Ofcourse I also went to the beach, but the wind and rain was so intense we couldn't really photograph all the nice crabs. I had to stop for my favourite though - Coryestes cassivelaunus.

Anotado en viernes, 02 de octubre de 2020 a las 06:59 AM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 17 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de septiembre de 2020

Mushrooms in Meijendel

Trying out the journal feature with a collection of today's observations. A great afternoon with many mushrooms spotted. Even found my favourite, Amanita muscaria. Fall is here!

Anotado en sábado, 26 de septiembre de 2020 a las 04:10 PM por crabbymaxie crabbymaxie | 9 observaciones | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario