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Spider Crab

Libinia emarginata

Scientist holding a spider crab (a 9 legged crab resembling a spider)Max Size: Up to 30cm (1 foot) leg span
Habitat:  Bays, estuaries, and shorelines along the east coast
Diet: Forages for algae, sea stars






Fun Facts:

  • Sometimes called decorator crabs. Carapace is covered in tiny, hooked hairs that it uses to attach plants, sponges, and other organic material to itself 
  • Can walk forward and sideways, unlike most crabs
  • Very docile relies on camouflage for protection

A brown spider crab in the palms of two hands