Spider Crab

Hyas araneus
Spider Crab

Habitat: Rock pools, low shore to kelp forest and rocky reef
Depth: 1-50m
Food: Dead animal matter, jellyfish and algae
Size: Up to 10cm across
Lifespan: Unknown
Conservation Status: Not Evaluated (NE)

Also known as the sea toad or great spider crab, this animal has a pear-shaped carapace and long spindly legs. It has a varied diet and may be seen holding on to kelp stems, nibbling as it goes, or maybe as a vantage point for catching passing moon jellyfish, which it also eats. Spider crabs stick seaweeds and other living animals onto their shells for camouflage.

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