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Is this a museum specimen or something? Its clearly with a few friends and relations ;-)
University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)
Its in a collection alright(in my kitchen), following a huge storm on 30th March 2010 I collected hundreds of dead sea animals for the next week or so.
Several hundred crabs were found and many taken home for photos and IDing. It got a bit smelly after a few days!
Amazing. Did you count the numbers of different kinds? Could be interesting data.
Jonathon here is a list of dead animals recorded on one beach on 3 April 10, Ive just copied out of an old sent email, a more thorough list for the whole week, or atleast a species count could be done. Some IDing was carried out following this old email.
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2010 14:02:24 +0000
Gathered and recorded the following list of storm victims at Cdun;
59 dead Green shore crab -7 living GSC. I stopped gathering GSC cos I got cold.
28 edible crab
36 masked crab
3 spider crab
3 velvet swimming crab
1 common swimming crab
2 porcelain crab ( I think), new to me whatever they are
2 lobster (a V notched, berried hen, tail only and most of the eggs washed off))
1 squat lobster -new to me
1 large common prawn
2 seemingly different type of sandhopper crustacean, all alive, dont recall the white one before? Its fat and has dark markings?
1 red sea slug- new to me
1 common sunstar- starfish,- new to me also
8 common starfish
2 beadlet anemone
1 mermaids purse
1 unidentified marine worm -new to me.
a number of mollusc and bivalves.
1 tiny fish, 37 mm long, looks like cod or ling but it has a 'sucker' on its belly which sticks to the table despite it being dead. Its vent is directly above 2 in the 2nd photo. Lumpsucker( Lumpfish) is the only fish I know round here has a sucker, but this doesnt look like one in any way.
Fascinating. Hopefully some people knowledgeable in this area will have some interesting things to say about your list.
Its not a very scientific list and I have more accurate ID's now for some of the stuff included above, eg the porcelain crab turned out to be the Bristly Crab (Pilumnus hirtellus)and the 37mm fish was a Two-spotted Clingfish (Diplecogaster bimaculata).
Like you suggested I should try to do an accurate species list of all things gathered over that period of days.
I will look through old emails from the time, there is a list of species in there somewhere, one or 2 ID's may have to be revised but the majority should be ok. The number of each species found dead was quite interesting, I counted the ones I took home, the ones in decent condition, I gathered them up for taking pics, tried to preserve some things in alcohol and dumped the erst back in the sea. Unfortunately my preserving was a disaster as I tried to put too many items, some decomposing into too little alcohol.
This Hyas araneus above is actually the short legged, broad abdomened female, in my revised ID I have described it as the male.
Thanks for the correction, Cathal.
I've found a look-alike in need of a proper ID at http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/119780
Lat/Lng: 55.0592, -6.0533
OS grid ref: NW412813