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Japanese Spider Crab
2008-05-05 22:46:13

The Japanese Spider Crab (Macrocheira kaempferi), is the largest living arthropod. Fully grown, the Japanese Spider Crab can reach a leg span of almost 13 ft, a body size of up to 15 inches and a weight of up to 44 pounds. It is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years. The crab's natural habitat is on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean (some 1000 to 1300 feet deep) around Japan....

Bairdi Crab
2008-05-05 22:38:10

The Bairdi Crab or Tanner Crab (Chionoecetes bairdi), is a species of crab found in the Bering Sea. It is closely related to the Opilio Crab, which also is found in the Bering Sea. Their appearance is similar, and Opilio and Bairdi can be difficult for a person not familiar with the two species to distinguish. Bairdi Crab were largely fished from 1996 to 2006. Restrictions were put in place...

Common Rock Crab
2008-05-04 22:50:33

The Common Rock Crab (Hemigrapsus edwardsi), is a marine large-eyed crab of the family Grapsidae. It is endemic to the sea coasts of New Zealand although not in the Chatham Islands or the southern islands. This common intertidal crab occurs in a variety of habitat, under boulders, on the rocky reef, and on sand and mud flats. Its shell grows to around 1.5 inches wide. Coloration is a reddish...

Flower Crab
2008-05-01 00:27:07

The Flower Crab (Portunus pelagicus), also known as the Blue Crab, Blue Swimmer Crab, Blue Manna Crab or Sand Crab, is a large crab found in the intertidal estuaries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans (Asian coasts) and the Middle-Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The name "flower crab" is used in east Asian countries while the latter names are used in Australia. The crabs are widely...