Description Callinectus sapitus, from the greek for ‘beautiful swimmer’ can be found in the western Atlantic, from Nova Scotia to Argentina. This ten-legged crustacean has a pair of paddle shaped rear appendages which allow it to move gracefully through the water and have helped earned its name. It is easy to determine gender in the Blue Crab, as females have a much wider underside ‘apron’ than males and their claws are more reddish than the males’ characteristic blue claws. Is a bottom dweller and an important link in the marine food chain- being both predator and prey to many other species. It feeds on bivalves, crustaceans, annelids, fish and plants, and is eaten by bass, eel and catfish, among others. Crabs and other organisms depend on coastal resources for food and shelter, creating a fragile balance between habitat requirements and human appetites.
Tamara Clark, Hampshire, England Member Since May 2011 Artist Statement Tamara Clark is a natural science illustrator currently living in Hampshire, England, where she recently relocated from Cape Cod, MA. She works with clients from around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Marine Biological Laboratory and TEDx, Woods Hole. She also sells her designs at fairs and galleries, is involved in curating art exhibits and volunteers for local creative endeavors. She hopes her illustrations will help to inspire the protection of species and their habitats.
Tamara received a B.A. in Biology from Goucher College and an M.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Maine. She was trained in traditional science illustration techniques at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI). She has been an active member of the Guild since 1996 and is the the outgoing President of the New England Chapter of the GNSI.
Tamara lives in a small village near Winchester, UK, with her husband, a scientist at the University of Southampton, and their small menagerie of animals. More information and images can be seen on her website www.tamaraclark.com