The Japanese spider crab, Macrocheira kaempferi, is the largest known arthropod; fully grown it can reach a leg span of almost 13 ft, a body size of up to 15 inches and a weight of up to 44 lb. The crab’s natural habitat is on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean around Japan, where it feeds on dead animals and shellfish. It is believed to have a life expectancy of up to 100 years.
The Japanese Spider crab is widely believed to be the biggest crab on Earth. Fully grown, it can have a leg span of about 13 feet and weigh about 44 pounds.
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