Giant Spider Crab – The Japanese spider crab is the largest living arthropod. In male specimens, the limbs on which the claws are located become much longer than its other limbs. It is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years. Because it is a particularly old species of crab, it is often referred to as a living fossil. It is considered a delicacy, but numbers of the crab have diminished over recent years, and there are efforts to protect them. Catching of the crab is forbidden during the spring when it lays its eggs.
Range & Habitat: The crab’s natural is on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean (some 300 – 400 m deep) around Japan.
Max Length: 4 meters
Diet: dead animals and sellfish