GIANT SPIDER CRAB
Macrocheira kaempferi
SIZE
  Body can grow to 15 inches in diameter. Leg span can reach 15 feet
RANGE
  Pacific Ocean near Japan
HABITAT
  Cold, deep water (400 meters in depth) in vents or holes in the ocean
DIET
  Ocean plants, algae and mollusks
ON EXHIBIT
  "Boneless Beauties" gallery in the Ocean Journey building

Although this is the largest of all crabs, it still must protect itself from predators. Their armored exoskeletons help protect them from larger predators such as octopi, but giant spider crabs also use camouflage. The crab's bumpy carapace blends into the rocky ocean floor. To further the illusion, a spider crab will adorn its shell with sponges and other animals.