Crab Animal Profile

Decapod Crustacean

Crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting “tail”, usually entirely hidden under the thorax. They live in all the world’s oceans, in fresh water, and on land, are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton and have a single pair of claws. Many other animals with similar names – such as hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs, and crab lice – are not true crabs.

Scientific name: Brachyura

Biological rank: Infraorder

Higher classification: Pleocyemata

Class: Malacostraca

Order: Decapoda

Length: 71 inch (Red king crab, Leg span)

Data from: Wikipedia

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