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Masked Crab


Introduction: Masked crabs (Nautilocorystes ocellata) have unusually large antennae, which are not quite as long as the body. These crabs dig backwards into sheltered sandbanks with only the long antennae on view. As the antennae is lined with hairs that interlock, a tube can be formed from which water is drawn down. The tips of the legs are depressed and other features include a carapace which is longer than it is wide and 4 marginal teeth.

Distribution: The mouth of the Orange River north towards Luderitz and further along the coast of Namibia.

Diet: Very small sea particles.

Colouration: 4 grey blotches on the carapace.

Breeding: Planktonic larvae are transformed from hatched eggs.

Max size: 35mm.

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