Menippe mercenaria occurs on the east coast of the United States from North Carolina to Florida, in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean to the Yucatan (Ong and Costlow 1970, Wilber 1989, Brown and Bert 1993). It occurs from 0-60 m and is usually found in the subtidal. The Florida stone crab lives in burrows in seagrass beds, oyster reefs and in crevices in rocks (Lindberg et al. 1990, Brown and Bert 1993). The Florida stone crab is not common in the Indian River Lagoon (Boudreax et al. 2006).
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