European Spider Crab

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Maja squinado (the European spider crab, spiny spider crab or spinous spider crab) is a species of migratory crab found in the north-east Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. It feeds on a great variety of organisms, with seaweeds and molluscs dominating in winter, and echinoderms such as sea urchins and sea cucumbers in summer. Females can produce up to 4 broods per year. Migrations generally take place in autumn, with some crabs covering over 100 miles (160 km) in eight months.




The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)


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