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Scientific name: Macropodia falcifera
Common name: Cape long-legged spider crab
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Arthropoda Mandibulata Crustacea Malacostraca Decapoda Brachyura Inachidae Not defined Macropodia Macropodia falcifera

       

Short Description:

This crab has a small, arrowhead-shaped body,Its pincers are considerably sturdier than its legs and are tipped with white claws and short spiny hairs
The body is pinkish or reddish, and the legs and pincers are usually a darker red.

Identification
features:
Long rostrum. Caprice longer than broad with two pairs of long erect spines
Size: 20-60 mm
Behaviour: Slow moving crab Sometimes decorate itself
Diet: Scavenger
Distribution: Cape Peninsula to East Londen
Depth: 15 to at least 35 m underwater
Habitat: Found in deeper calm waters
Reference:
  • A field guide to the Marine Animals of the Cape Peninsula
    Georgina Jones
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/
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Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Melanie Harmse (Port Elizabeth) 2013-05-18 Port Elizabeth Algoa Bay (PE-AB)-Three Sisters 16 25m 20m Canon Powershot G12 photo
 
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