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spider crab

n.
Any of various crabs of the family Majidae, having long thin legs and a relatively small triangular body and often camouflaging the body with seaweed or sponges.

spider crab

n
(Animals) any of various crabs of the genera Macropodia, Libinia, etc, having a small triangular body and very long legs

spi′der crab`


n.
any of various crabs of the family Majidae, having long, slender legs and a comparatively small, triangular body.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spider crab - any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodiesspider crab - any of numerous crabs with very long legs and small triangular bodies
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
family Majidae, Majidae - spider crabs
European spider crab, Maja squinado, king crab - a large spider crab of Europe
giant crab, Macrocheira kaempferi - very large deep-water Japanese crab
Translations
granceola

spider crab

ngrancevola
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Japanese spider crabs are the largest of the crustacean family.
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As for the spider crabs, seaweed attachment can be used not only as camouflage (Wicksten, 1993) but may also serve as a food store (Woods & McLay, 1994).
A whopping 95 per centHOW TO PREPARE A SPIDER CRAB AT George Smith the live spider crabs are put in a freezer to stun them before they are cooked in a boiling pot for 20 minutes.
Underwater Zoo, located on Level 2 above the main Aquarium, presents global bio-diversity in different ecological zones including a Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Ocean where visitors can see and learn about amazing living exhibits that include two species of penguins, coral reef animals, Giant Spider Crabs, piranhas and even Asian Otters.
But, for the final part of this week's programme, Monty is back on dry land following a lorry-load of Cornish spider crabs on their final journey to a supermarket in Brittany.
The superfamily Majoidea is a major group of brachyurans commonly known as spider crabs, with a diversity of body shapes and wide geographical distribution.