Definition of spider crab in English:

spider crab


  • A crab with long thin legs and a compact pear-shaped body, which is camouflaged in some kinds by attached sponges and seaweed.

    • ‘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 sea creature which needs friends to survive is the small spider crab which finds camouflage in the canopy of living sponges.’
    • ‘A spider crab picks its way carefully over a reef covered with sponges and invertebrates.’
    • ‘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.’


spider crab

/ˈspīdər krab/