Description[ edit ] A Japanese spider crab at the Manila Ocean Park , the Philippines The Japanese spider crab has the greatest leg span of any arthropod, reaching up to 3. The males have the longer chelipeds ;  females have much shorter chelipeds, which are shorter than the following pair of legs. The first pleopods of males are unusually twisted, and its larvae appear primitive. To further the illusion, a spider crab will adorn its shell with sponges and other animals. Then, through mechanical adhesion and secretions, the materials attach to the crab, and are able to regenerate, and colonize on the crab. Outlying populations have been found in Iwate Prefecture and off Su-ao in Taiwan.
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