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The Long-legged Spider Crab – Macropodia rostrata



The Long-legged Spider Crab – Macropodia rostrata – is a crab commonly found on muddy sand or kelp. These crabs attach various seaweeds and sponges to their carapace and legs, which act as camouflage against predators as they are a slow moving species. They have a very small body but with very long legs they can measure up to 10cm in diameter. The carapace is broader on the bottom than the top giving it a pear shaped look and their eyes are located on stalks, protruding from their body to give them a dorsal view of their surroundings. Before they create their camouflage, the species are a yellowish or reddish-brown colour.


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