Witch crab

Latin: Paromola cuvieri
1.2 m (leg width)
Soft bottom 150 - 1000 m
Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. From Angola to Norway.Shetland and the Orkney Islands.
Crustaceans and scavengers
Facts about witch crab

A characteristic feature of the witch crab is how the 5th pair of walking legs is placed partly on its back, which allows it to carry objects on its back. The witch crab uses this for protection and camouflage, and the objects observed have been sponges, corals and gorgonians (horn coral).

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