Mandolin ornamental crab

Latin: Hyas araneus
9 cm (shell width)
All bottom types down to 350 m
North Atlantic Ocean down to the English Channel. Greenland and North America.
Benthic organisms
Facts about Mandolin ornamental crab

The mandolin ornamental crab gets its name from the fact that it "decorates" itself with algae, hydroids and bryozoans to blend in with its surroundings. The mandolin is a type of instrument shaped like the body of this crab species.

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