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Mithrax spinosissimus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Crustacea
Infraorder  Brachyura
Scientific name  Mithrax spinosissimus
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Decapoda
Family  Majidae
Higher classification  Mithrax
Mithrax spinosissimus Channel Clinging Crab observed by callieoldfield on June 1 2013
Similar  Mithrax, Crab, Crustacean, Majoidea, Mithracidae

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Mithrax spinosissimus, also known as the West Indian spider crab, channel clinging crab, reef or spiny spider crab, or coral crab, is a species of spider crab that occurs throughout South Florida and across the Caribbean Islands. The diet of this crab is largely unknown; however, it is considered a large omnivore, reaching size up to 2 kg, which has been noted to feed on algae and carrion. Unlike crabs such as the blue crab, the West Indian spider crab is not commercially harvested for its meat, though it is said to be delicious.

Mithrax spinosissimus Rain RoatanDecember 2009

M. spinosissimus has a reddish-brown carapace and walking legs. The claws are smooth, purplish gray, with a single row of nodules along outer edge and blunt claw tips. The legs are covered with numerous short spines and nodules. It is the largest species of Caribbean reef crab.

Mithrax spinosissimus POTD SW 301

M. spinosissumus is common throughout the Caribbean, Florida and Bahamas; it can reach a length of up to 7 inches and has been found as deep as 130 feet. Often found in caves or beneath reef overhangs.

Mithrax spinosissimus The Right Blue The Channel Clinging Crab Mithrax spinosissimus

It was made the type species of a separate genus Maguimithrax by Klompmaker et al. (2015).

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Mithrax spinosissimus Coral Reef Photos Blog Archive Channel Clinging Crab Mithrax
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References

Mithrax spinosissimus Wikipedia


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