Spider crab

Spider crabs

Spider crabs are a family of long, skinny-legged crabs containing over 700 species. Often small and slow-moving, some species look like bits of debris and further camouflage themselves by adorning the bristles and spines of their exoskeleton with algae, seaweed and corals. This family contains the largest known arthropod - the Japanese spider crab - which has a leg span of four metres.

Scientific name: Majidae

Rank: Family

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Distribution

The Spider crabs can be found in a number of locations including: Mediterranean. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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