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Bigspidercrab123

Observed: 11th August 2006 By: ChrisMcAChrisMcA is knowledgeable about InvertebratesChrisMcA’s earned reputation in InvertebratesChrisMcA’s earned reputation in InvertebratesChrisMcA’s earned reputation in InvertebratesChrisMcA’s earned reputation in Invertebrates
bigspidercrab123
Description:

Had to pose it's claws as it prefers to tuck them under it.

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nightfly's picture

Hi Chris, Thats an impressive

Hi Chris,

Thats an impressive spider crab. I have only encountered a small no of these. I researched whatv Marlin has on them and I ended up slightly confused:

Maja brachydactyla was until recently considered to be conspecific with Maja squinado. Maja squinado has a Mediterranean distribution, while Maja brachydactyla is found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean from Morrocco to Scotland.

This is taken from here:

http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4688

You could be forgiven for thinking maja squinado doesnt occur in the waters around Britain and Ireland at all after reading this!?

These 2 species must very very similar if they were considered conspecific.

Cathal.

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I posted a dead one recently

I posted a dead one recently under M. brachydactyla following reading what Marlin said on the 2 species, my pic isnt very good for IDing to be honest, you can only really appreciate that it is a large dead spider crab.

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/249127

Cheers,

Cathal.