This is a Japanese Spider Crab from the Animal Attic Exhibit in the Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand.
To give you a sense of scale, the box in which the specimen is mounted is 2.10 metres long or 6.8 Feet!
The Japanese Spider Crab - or Takashigani - is a Marine crab that lives in the waters around Japan and it’s leg span is the largest of any Arthropod - reaching up to 3.8 metres! (12 feet)
They live at depths of 150 m - 300 m but migrate up to a depth of around 49 m during breeding season.
The Crab is an omnivore, consuming both plant matter and animals. Some have been known to scrape the ocean floor for plants and algae while others pry open the shells of mollusks.
The crab is orange, with white spots along the legs. It is reported to have a gentle disposition “in spite of its ferocious appearance”.
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