Maja squinado
Common spider crab

Maja squinado
Dorsal view of Maja squinado. Carapace and legs encrusted with barnacles.
Image width ca 40 cm.
Image: Keith Hiscock

Phylum Crustacea
Class Eumalacostraca
Habitat Information
Found on coarse sand mixed grounds and bedrock on the open coast. Also found in deep tide pools and shallow sublittoral to 50 m.
Species description
A very large crab with a circular, convex carapace which is bordered by strong tapering spines. It is red, brownish-red, or yellowish in colour and the body can grow up to 20 cm long and is often covered with attached algae.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Asia Shoal
Cawsand Bay
Eddystone (inner) Channel Grounds
Eddystone (outer) Channel Grounds
Mewstone Echinoderm or Corner Ground
Rame-Eddystone or Middle Grounds
Rame-Eddystone or Middle Grounds

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