One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A crab with long thin legs and a compact pear-shaped body, which is camouflaged in some kinds by attached sponges and seaweed.
Majidae and other families, order Decapoda: Macropodia and other genera
- ‘A spider crab picks its way carefully over a reef covered with sponges and invertebrates.’
- ‘Under the ice, it looked pretty much as it might in the UK, with lots of kelp and spider crabs, but the visibility was stunning.’
- ‘Another invader is the North Atlantic spider crab - males and females have been found in the waters near the Antarctic Peninsula.’
- ‘We particularly enjoyed the swim-throughs, an encounter with a large spider crab and a friendly moray.’
- ‘Another sea creature which needs friends to survive is the small spider crab which finds camouflage in the canopy of living sponges.’
spider crab/ˈspīdər krab/
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