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Crab Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Arthropoda
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Crustacea
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Decapoda
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Brachyura
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Brachyura
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Arthropod
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
1cm - 400cm (0.4in - 157in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
100g - 2,000g (3.5oz - 704oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
19km/h (12mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
1 - 100 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Red, Brown, Orange, Blue
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Shell
Favourite Food:Shrimp
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Coral reefs and coastline
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once
2
Main Prey:Shrimp, Fish, Mussels
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Birds, Otter, Octopus
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Hard, armoured shell and eight legs

Crab Location

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Crab

The crab is a type of crustacean similar to prawns, shrimp and lobster. There are more than 6,700 known species of crab found in waters worldwide and these many crab species are split into around 93 different crab groups.

Most crab species are found in the shallower ocean waters where the crabs tend to inhabit rocky pools and coral reefs. There are however, a number of species of freshwater crab that inhabit the waters in rivers and lakes and some species of tropical crab have been known to spend a great deal of time on land.

Generally crabs dont get bigger than 40 cm in size, with the exception of the Japanese spider crab that has been known to have a leg span of over 4 meters long! The smallest type crab is the pea crab with this tiny species of crab only growing to a few millimeters.

Crabs have a thick armoured shell which protects the crab from immediate danger. The crab also has two front armoured claws which the crab uses to catch its prey.

The crabs hunt by sitting in a dark hole and catching potential prey that swims past. This allows the crab to feed effectively as well as staying hidden from those that would want to eat the crab.

Crab Translations

Català
Cranc
Cesky
Krabi
Dansk
Krabbe
Deutsch
Krabben
English
Crab
Esperanto
Krabo
Español
Brachyura
Eesti
Krabilised
Suomi
Taskuravut
Français
Brachyura
Galego
Cangrexo
Hrvatski
Rakovi
Bahasa Indonesia
Kepiting
Italiano
Brachyura
日本語
カニ
Latina
Cancer
Bahasa Melayu
Ketam
Nederlands
Krabben
Norsk
Krabber
Polski
Kraby
Português
Caranguejo
Româna
Crab
Slovenščina
Rakovice
Svenska
Krabbor
Türkçe
Yengeç
Tiếng Việt
Cận bộ Cua
中文
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First Published: 14th December 2008, Last Updated: 9th January 2017 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Dec 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Dec 2008]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 14 Dec 2008]

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