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Pelagic Red Crab Pleurnocodes planipes
Crabs Start Life as a Zoea
These newly-born crabs start out very small, only a few millimeters in length.
Adult Pelagic Red Crabs will brood the eggs of their young until they are ready to hatch, and then send them off into to the open sea.
The small crabs live out the early stages of their lives in the
Adult Crabs Live in the Pelagic Zone
Adult Pelagic Red Crabs are able to live in the open ocean for a few reasons:
- Hairs covering the crabs' bodies increase their surface area and prevent them from sinking
- Strong "tails" allow them to swim up into the water columnm if they sink too deep
- Feeding appendages called maxillapeds allow them to feed on plankton, which hopefully doesn't include smaller Pelagic Red Crabs
Pelagic Red Crabs are't without their predators. Things that eat them include, but are not limited to:
- Tuna fish. They are sometimes called tuna crabs because of this.
- Blue Whales.
- You guessed it. Humans! A quick google search will reveal some Pelagic Red Crab recipes.
You can learn more about Pelagic Red Crabs at the
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Or you can email the Senior Student Aquarist, Austin Erb, here