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Antarctic King Crabs May Actually Be Native
2013-07-05 05:58:25

Citing the recent discovery of a major colony of King crabs near Antarctica, some global warming alarmists theorize that rising temperatures have allowed the crabs to claim territory that was previously uninhabitable. According to a new review, the crabs are not newly established settlers; they've been there all along.

New Research Reveals Origin Of Hoff Yeti Crab
2013-06-19 11:26:51

For all we know about the natural world, scientists are still finding new creatures and species living in the farthest corners of earth. Just last year, for instance, oceanographers from the University of Oxford and University of Southampton discovered a species of yeti crab covering hydrothermal vents more than a mile below the Southern Ocean.

Marsh Crabs Show Ecological Benefits Of Invasive Species
2013-04-04 10:17:30

In the marsh system around Cape Cod researchers have found that an invasive species of crab is helping to restore balance to a distressed ecosystem.

Ship Noise Makes Crabs Cranky
2013-02-27 15:07:13

A new study published in the journal Biology Letters found that the sounds of ship noise ramp up crab metabolism, potentially resulting in lower yields for commercial crabbers.

SHOCKING! Crabs Really Do Feel Pain
2013-01-17 08:36:00

Most cultures value the humane treatment and slaughter of their livestock, and now those same standards should be applied to their seafood, according to a new behavioral study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

New New Crab Species Named In Honor Of Its Discoverer
2012-11-27 13:06:16

A new species of crab found along the Belize Barrier Reef has been named in honor of the scientist who discovered it.

Using GPS To Monitor Trekking Behavior In Crabs
2012-11-15 17:25:03

We all know that crabs walk sideways--it’s because that’s the way their legs bend. This side-walking trait allows them to move quickly into and out of small holes and crevasses to escape potential threats.

Beware Of House-Jacking Hermit Crabs
2012-10-27 06:28:35

In their search for larger homes, land-based hermit crabs will socialize with their fellow decapods only to force them out of their shells and claim it for their own, researchers from the University of California-Berkeley have discovered.

Death March Recorded In Fossil
2012-09-10 04:27:43

An unusually complete fossil unearthed in Bavarian Germany was found to depict the tragic last moments of a prehistoric horseshoe crab as it stumbled for its life over 150 million years ago.

Discovery Of The Week: Purple Philippine Freshwater Crabs
2012-04-24 08:05:43

The Philippines is the setting for the latest spectacular discovery: Four new species of crabs, most of which have purplish shells and live in lowland-forest ecosystems, discovered by a team of German scientists.


Latest Crab Reference Libraries

Crab Spiders, Thomisidae
2014-06-19 08:13:57

Thomisidae is a family that holds around two thousand species of crab spiders that can be found throughout the world. Although the name crab spider has been used to refer to a large number of species, it is most often used to refer to members of this family, especially the flower crab spider. Many members of this family have flat bodies that resemble those of crabs and others hold their two front legs in positions that crabs are known for or move in sideways motions as crabs do. Although...

Crab-eating Raccoon, Procyon cancrivorus
2012-07-20 08:42:55

The crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) is native to South and Central America. Its range includes Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, and extends to the northern areas of Uruguay and Argentina. It prefers a habitat with abundant water resources. Although the name implies that this raccoon’s diet consists of only crabs, it also consumes other crustaceans, like lobster, as well as fruits, amphibians, and turtle eggs. The crab-eating raccoon is similar in appearance to the common...

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2008-05-04 22:56:03

The Vernal Crab (Liocarcinus vernalis), is a small shallow-water crab found in the northeast Atlantic. It is commonly used as bait for Black Fish. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2008-05-04 22:54:32

The Great Spider Crab (Hyas araneus), is a species of crab found in Atlantic waters and the North Sea, usually below the tidal zone. It was reported around the Antarctic Peninsula in 2003. This was most likely due to transportation by human agency. Photo Copyright and Credit

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2008-05-04 22:30:19

The Halloween Crab (Gecarcinus quadratus or Gercarcinus ruricola), also known as the moon crab, should not be confused with the Halloween hermit crab. They dig burrows in rainforest habitat and are native to Central America. It lives in the forest at least some of its adult life. They have lungs that need to be moist all the time. If not, they could dry out and die. The Halloween crab is very territorial and will fight back if threatened. Photo Copyright and Credit

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