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Channel clinging crab
Mithrax spinosissimus
(Lamarck, 1818)

Description:
The largest spider crab in the region. The nearly circular carapace, legs and claws all bear spines and tubercles, those on the claws form a single row along the upper edge of the hand. The color of the carapace and walking legs is reddish-brown, the claws are purplish-gray.
Size: carapace up to 18 cm wide. When outstretched, the claws can span up to 60 cm.

Habitat:
It lives in and around rocks and rubble in shallow waters. Nocturnal.
Depth: ranges from 3 m down to 40 m.

Distribution:
Common to occasional all throughout the Caribbean.

Channel clinging crab (Mithrax spinosissimus)