|Kingdom Animale | Phylum Arthropoda | Subphylum Crustacea | Class Malacostrata|
This crab is so named because its body and legs are covered with hooked hairs so dense and fine that most materials adhere to the animal on contact. It usually places sponges, algae, coral, detritus, etc, onto its body to match its background. (Body width up to 3cm).
Sea Toad or Decorator Crab
Among the Majidae, commonly called spider crabs because of their appearance and spider-like legs, the decorating behaviour is prevalent. This crab is mainly an algal feeder. (Body width up to 5cm).
From A Guide to Seashore Life by Dr Leo W H Tan and Peter K L Ng
Published by the Singapore Science Centre and sponsored by BP
@Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and Singapore Science Centre