Many new crabbers like to post pictures in order for them to get assistance or confirmation of their crab's species. Sometimes it is difficult to take pictures of a new crab, but for the record, it is good for you to know what "kind" of picture to take for the most accurate assessment. It is best to try and take a photo of your crab while he is extended out of his shell and from the left profile! Then most of the common species identifiers can be determined. These are: - the eyes - the shield pattern - the big pincher - the leg pattern - and the third left walking leg A picture from the left showing these usually provides the most visible clues to species. Thanks!