Lesser Spider Crab (Maja crispata)

Also known as Brachyura Crab, Corallimorph Crab, Decorator Crab, Decorator Spider Crab, Majid Crab, Small Spider Crab, True Crab

Description

Also known as Brachyura Crab, Corallimorph Crab, Decorator Crab, Decorator Spider Crab, Majid Crab, Small Spider Crab, True Crab.

Found over hard bottom intertidal zones of shallow lagoons and coral and rocky reefs rich in algae growth. They are found covered in a heavy growth of algae and other marine organisms for camouflage against predators!
They feed on algae, crustaceans, invertebrates and small molluscs.
Length - 4.5cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread East Atlantic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean

Brachyura crabs are considered true crabs, they have a short abdomen, 4 walking legs and a pair of clawed arms at the front.
Many thousands of species live worldwide in sea water, fresh water and on land. Ref: crab database.info

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