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Noun1.Macrocheira - giant crabs of JapanMacrocheira - giant crabs of Japan      
arthropod genus - a genus of arthropods
family Majidae, Majidae - spider crabs
giant crab, Macrocheira kaempferi - very large deep-water Japanese crab
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Surprised fishermen off the coast of Chihsingtan Beach near eastern Taiwan's Hualien reeled in a Japanese spider crab this week, reported TVBS.
But the leggy Japanese spider crab is just one of the incredible crustaceans on display in this exploration of the armoured predators of the deep.
This study argues in favor of studies aimed at revealing the costs of brooding, both in terms of reproductive investment and metabolic costs, in other phyletic giant crustaceans too, including king crabs (e.g., Lithodes santolla), the Japanese spider crab Macrocheira kaempferi, large spiny lobsters (e.g., Panulirus argus), claw lobsters (e.g., Homarus americanus), and the coconut crab Birgus lato.
The largest known species of crab are the Japanese spider crab (a staggering 12ft) or the Butchus Wilkinsus (6ft and staggering), but the Whitstable monster is about 50ft wide.
Even the Japanese spider crab, which is the largest known member of the crustacean family in existence according to the UK's Birmingham National Sea Life Centre curator Graham Burrows, only measures a maximum of 3.8m across and weighs up to 19kg.
Right, red-knobbed and chocolate chip starfish are carefully placed into their display at the Sea Life London Aquarium, and, below, a Japanese spider crab named Big Daddy settles into its new home at Blackpool''s Sea Life Centre.
One of the star attractions of the Sea Life centre's Claws display will be this giant Japanese spider crab.
London, Feb 12 (ANI): A Japanese spider crab, said to be the biggest ever seen in the UK, will be displayed at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham until the end of March.
But there's a diverse and diverting array of exhibits from a Giant Japanese Spider Crab to black velvet Vivienne Westwood dresses to a sample of basalt columns from the Giant's Causeway.
The largest is the Japanese spider crab, which can grow up to 12 feet across.
What is the largest recorded leg span of a Japanese spider crab?
A Japanese Spider Crab with a two-metre claw span, he has been christened 'Crabzilla' and is set to leave half-term holiday visitors to the attraction shell-shocked.

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