• Japanese spider crab

Japanese spider crab

Macrocheira kaempferi

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Leg span in adults can reach 3.5 m in size

The Japanese spider crab is a shellfish native to the south-east coast of Japan. Adults live in water up to 600 m deep, whereas younger specimens live in depths of 50 m. They use their pincers to catch their prey: molluscs, shellfish and debris found on the ground, and put it in their mouth. It is the world’s biggest Arthropoda with leg span of up to 3.5 m at maturity.
  • Maximum size: 3.5 m leg span
  • Average weight: 20 kg
  • IUCN red list status: Not evaluated (NE)

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