M. J. Garth, J. S. 1958. All have one or two small hollow knobs of apparently unknown function on the mid-dorsal ridge of the carapace. Some groups closely related to decapods such as Euphausiids (krill) have distinct gills outside of the carapace. Throughout the winter she remains inactive, buried in the bottom sediments, protecting and aerating her eggs. Decapod crustaceans of the northwest coast of North America. Bristly Crab (Pilumnus hirtellus). Spiders found in British Columbia include 64 unique species from confirmed sightings by contributing members of Spider ID. Rathbun. I figured I’d need a boat, a few enormously heavy crab pots, a waterproof get-up, some serious skill, and a beard (though that part has been unconsciously influenced by Captain High Liner, and others who “catch” fish sticks). Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Check all your gear carefully and remove and release all bycatch: You must release incidental catch alive, to the place where you caught it, in a way that causes the least harm to the fish You must measure your crab immediately. Commonest offshore but in summer moves into shallower water. 1904. British Columbia V9R 5K6, Canada ABSTRACT: Cocoons of the sanguivorous piscicolid leech Notostomum cyclostoma (Johansson) were found on 3 crab species, Lithodes aequispina, Paralithodes camtschatica and Chionoecetes bairdi from deep fjords in the Portland Inlet system, northern British Columbia, Canada. Box crabs have never been commercially harvested, but have been caught as by-products in commercial ground fish and shrimp trawl fisheries, and prawn trap fishery in B.C. and A. C. Phillips. Moulting. The archipelago of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of Prince Rupert in British Columbia, is very close to Alaska. Like all Malacostraca they have eight pairs of thoracic appendages, but with the first three pairs used as mouthparts they are left with five pairs for locomotion (i.e. HYDROTHERMAL VENTS OFF BRITISH COLUMBIA Joel W. Martin and Gary Pettit ABSTRACT Caprella bathytatos new species, is described from the mouthparts of spider crabs in the vicinity of deep-sea hydrothermal vents off British Columbia. All three crab species occur commonly in Barkley Sound, British Columbia. King crabs are found in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska, and south to British Columbia. They are very common both on the shore and in the sea, with different species living in slightly different places and ways. If we see two pairs of appendages we can infer that two somites or segments have fused. 2007), it has become important to understand what control options are available to reduce localized impacts and prevent further spread. Four species of this family are known to occur in the waters off British Columbia. 1990. British Columbia is home to thousands of species and ecosystems, and some of these are at risk of disappearing from our province. Sci. The species was found Twenty nine epibiont species, representing ten different phyla were found. SEAFOOD SECTOR PERFORMANCE 5 Salmon 6 Herring 8 Groundfish 9 Shellfish 11 Other Seafood 13 … It is known by different names around the world. These crabs are exploited by commercial, aboriginal, and recreational fishers coast-wide. Dungeness crabs occupy the eastern Pacific Ocean and range from the Aleutian Islands to Mexico, from the intertidal zone to depths of 180 m. The Porcellanidae (Crustacea Anomura) of the eastern Pacific. Marine Invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest with additions and corrections. The five remaining infraorders with representatives in BC are: Abele, L. G.  and Felgenhauer B. E.  (1986) Phylogenetic and Phenetic Relationships among the Lower Decapoda. The most important are the brown crab or edible crab, Cancer pagurus (29,193 t), various swimming crabs (3,180 t), the spider crab Maja squinado (1,565 t), the shore crab or green crab Carcinus maenas (553 t) and the velvet crab Necora puber (193 t). Zhang, Z., W. Hajas, A. Phillips, D. Rutherford, K. Fong. Box 3050 STN CSC, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P5, Canada ABSTRACT Several species of invertebrates time the release of larvae with environmental conditions … 1999). Assessment of the Area A Crab (Cancer magister) Fishery in British Columbia. The larvae develop for 3 to 4 months and become dispersed by ocean currents before eventually settling on suitable bottom. Fish. In particular, they have five head appendages, eight thoracic appendages, and 6 abdominal appendages. The bristly crab is mostly found around the south and west of the British Isles, and generally stays within the intertidal zone. A natural source of megalopae for the culture of Dungeness crab, Cancer magister Dana. We evaluate the potential impact of the European green crab Carcinus maenas (Linneaus) (Decapoda: Portunidae) on possible prey species in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA. Dungeness Crab stocks are managed by a minimum size limit and male only harvest which conserves the reproductive potential of crab stocks. The Fraser River estuary in British Columbia is home to 102 species at risk of extinction. Twenty nine epibiont species, representing ten different phyla were found. Information was collected from published books and papers, unpublished reports, discussions with experienced fishermen and biologists, Fisheries and Oceans Canada databases, Occurrence of Cancer crab (C. magister and C. oregonensis) megalopae off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Can. INTRODUCTION TO THE CRABS, SHRIMPS AND CRAYFISH OF BRITISH COLUMBIA, Pacific Red Hermit Crab (Elassochirus gilli), photo by Aaron Baldwin, Visit the Atlas Pages for the Crabs of BC. Tech. Bull Kelp. Once these crabs have settled they are confined throughout their juvenile and adult lives by appropriate habitat. Harriman Alaska Expedition Series. The Pleocyemata includes nearly all decapod crustaceans likely to be encountered in British Columbia. They thrive in colder water, making the ocean off British Columbia a prime fishing area, where they live in bays, inlets and estuaries and on the open coast. Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Species at Risk (PDF, 1.5MB) Provincial: In order to protect and improve the management of species at risk in B.C., the Province uses legislative tools and outlines high-level strategic actions. For the first several weeks, the new shell is soft and easily damaged. Lamb A. and Hanby P. H.  2005. Female crabs are generally smaller. 3.1 British Columbia ShoreZone . Aquat. Habitat Attributes in ShoreZone: Biobands 2.6 . In Alaska, significant populations occur off the Aleutian Islands, Pribilof and Shumagin Islands, Shelikof Strait, Prince William Sound, and in the lower Chatham Strait. Haig, J. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (2010) describes this species as the most important species of crab harvested in British Columbia, and provide a brief summary of the fishery: "The inception of the commercial fishery occurred before the turn of the century with first recorded landings in 1885. Habitat Attributes in ShoreZone: Wave Exposure and Coastal Class 2.5 . species relevant to the potential development of a box crab fishery in British Columbia was synthesised. Hart, J. F. L. 1984. The Pleocyemata are divided into a number of infraorders based on features of the carapace and number and position of claws on the walking legs. 3 M. ODEL . The oxystomatous and allied crabs of America. Corallina officinalis var. 461 pp. 202: 280 pp. Walk anywhere in British Columbia and you’ll be less than a metre from a spider. Nereocystis luetkeana : Bull Kelp. 1925. With more than 700 known species in the province, arachnids are everywhere, from mountaintops to intertidal zones. Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest. With more than 700 known species in the province, arachnids are everywhere, from mountaintops to intertidal zones. Jensen, G. C.  1995. Evaluation of an Intensive Fishery on Dungeness Crab, Cancer magister, in Fraser Delta, British Columbia. The class Malacostraca, which includes the decapods, nearly always has 19 segments bearing 19 pairs of appendages. The definitions of these genera were made when few species had been They feed primarily on live prey including fish, crustaceans, clams and worms but will also scavenge. Carcinus maenas is a common littoral crab. Sci. Despite being shut down early due to softshell issues, the British Columbia Dungeness crab fishery also appears poised for a good year, though catch numbers won't … This may change, as it is likely that a deep sea blind lobster may occur in BC as specimens of Polycheles sculptus have been found in Washington State and in the Northwestern Pacific. Common … Bulletin 129 United States National Museum. United States National Museum. 1918. Thirty three percent of Cancer gracilis , 49% of Cancer magister and 68% of Cancer productus possessed one or more epibiont species. Allan Hancock Pacific Expeditions 21(2): 501-854. We evaluate the potential impact of the European green crab Carcinus maenas (Linneaus) (Decapoda: Portunidae) on possible prey species in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, USA. These three crab species were common in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, occurring sympatrically across much of their range. Eastern Grey Squirrel Family Name Sciuridae Species S. carolinensis. Chionoecetes bairdi is the nearshore, relatively shallow water species, native to the Pacific coast of North America from Alaska to Oregon and is not generally found in the eastern Pacific, although there are reports of them occurring off Japan. The subphylum Crustacea includes those arthropods, which have five pairs of appendages on the head, two in front of the mouth called antennae and three behind the mouth called mandible and maxillae 1 & 2. Alarm bells immediately went off for biologists in Alaska. Bull Kelp. The presence of five pairs of walking legs is distinctive but not taxonomically diagnostic as some decapods may have one or more pairs secondarily greatly reduced or absent and other groups of crustaceans may have five pairs of legs as well. 86(3): 525 - 542. Hardening requires two months or more. British Columbia V9R 5K6, Canada ABSTRACT: Cocoons of the sanguivorous piscicolid leech Notostomum cyclostoma (Johansson) were found on 3 crab species, Lithodes aequispina, Paralithodes camtschatica and Chionoecetes bairdifrom deep fjords in the Portland Inlet system, northern British Columbia, Canada. Aquatic Invasive Species European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) Monitoring, British Columbia Aquatic invasive species pose economic and ecological threats to Canada's coastal waters. 10: 210 pp. Allan Hancock Pacific Expedition 24. Crabs grow by producing a new shell underneath the old one, a process called moulting. In:   Klinkenberg, Brian. It is important to remember that spiders seen in British Columbia are not bound by the territorial lines decided on by humans, therefore their distribution is subject to change. Dungeness crab are a west coast species ranging from the Aleutian Islands to southern California. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [www.efauna.bc.ca]. British Columbia’s Top Fishing Spots Haida Gwaii The hermit crabs (Crustacea Deacapoda, Paguridea) ofnorthwestern North America. Boutillier, J. In the fall she extrudes a bright orange clutch of eggs which adheres to her abdomen. Dungeness crabs (Cancer magister) are the most important species of crab harvested in British Columbia and are exploited by commercial, native and sport fishers coast wide. Phylogeny of decapods: moving towards a consensus. After appearing in San Francisco Bay in the late 1980s, they subsequently spread north, arriving in British Columbia through larval transport in 1998. Hydrobiologia 449: 1-20. A. PPLICATION IN . Victoria, British Columbia. The leech does not appear to harm its crab hosts. Dungeness crab prefer sandy areas and live at variable depths from the intertidal zone to at least 250 metres; however, they are most abundant above 50-metre depths. Rathbun, M. J. British Columbia Invasive European green crab caught in Salish Sea for the first time . Alarm bells immediately went off for biologists in Alaska. W. ASHINGTON . Its body and legs are reddish-brown in colour and are covered in hair-like structures which give this crab its name. Federal and state fisheries officials are collaborating to track the European green crab, as the invasive species which threatens juvenile king crab, juvenile salmon, eelgrass and more, gets closer to Alaska. Recruitment of juveniles is probably from this general offshore larval population, at least regional, and appears to be independent of local adult stock abundance. M. J. Identification of Critical Green Crab Habitat Attributes 2.4 . The bulk of the harvest is caught in Bristol Bay. So the head of most arthropods looks like a single complete unit but is really multiple fused segments. The cancroid crabs of America of the families Euryalidae, Portunidae, Atelecyclidae, Cancridae, and Xanthidae. The archipelago of Haida Gwaii, off the coast of Prince Rupert in British Columbia, is very close to Alaska. These eight-leggers are endlessly diverse and surprising—from the jumping spiders that dance to impress prospective mates, to the wily crab spiders that disguise themselves as flowers. Bond, I. Winther and A. Phillips. (Editor) 2020. Bulletin 97 United States National Museum. The north Pacific dendrobranchiates are most often offshore species encountered in mid-water to deep water plankton tows. Publ. University of California Publications in Zoology 23. Leiden no. Schmitt W. L.  1921. Rathbun, M. J. Jamieson, G. S., A.C. Phillips, and W.S. This is especially true for nonnative species in native Zostera marina eelgrass beds in coastal British Columbia, Canada, which play a vital role in estuarine ecosystems. A big, spiny species with spindly legs and impressive pincers up to 45cm long. The crab species was first found on the east coast of the U.S. in 1817 and the west coast in in San Francisco in the 1980s. Comments: I only occasionally note the graceful crab as it prefers shallow and soft substrates. The bristly crab is mostly found around the south and west of the British Isles, and generally stays within the intertidal zone. This crab will use a number of differnt species of snail shell for its condo, including purple ringtop snail shells. 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This leech-crab associa- Natural resource managers in British Columbia discovered several adult male and female European green crabs on Haida Gwaii this past July. was presented to the Pacific Scientific Advice Review Committee (PSARC) in 1999 (Zhang et. Federal: B.C. In R. J. Beamish and G. A. McFarlane [ed.] HTML Full Document: British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 (Accessibility Buttons available) | ... of Schedule V is considered to be fixed separately and individually for each species of crab set out in column I. Despite being shut down early due to softshell issues, the British Columbia Dungeness crab fishery also appears poised for a good year, though catch numbers won't … ‘Walking legs’). 278 pp. The former group included the shrimps and the latter the crabs, lobsters, and similar forms. Twenty nine epibiont species, representing ten different phyla were found. British Columbia but had not been detected in Haida Gwaii or the Prince Rupert area (Gillespie et al. 1988. The Dungeness crab, Cancer magister, is found from California to Alaska, generally on sandy bottoms less than 50 metres deep with moderate to strong current. A crab becomes sexually mature after the second year and usually enters the fishery at 3 years. Walk anywhere in British Columbia and you’ll be less than a metre from a spider. Assessment of the Dungeness Crab Population in the Nass Estuary, 2000 and 2001. Martin, J. W.  and Davis G. E. 2001. In British Columbia, only five tree species out of 40 in the province — cottonwood, trembling aspen, balsam poplar, lodgepole pine and Douglas fir — will suffice. In response, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has established monitoring programs to detect and track the spread of aquatic invasive species, including European Green Crab, in Canadian waters. Dungeness crab can weigh up to two kilograms and have a shell diameter exceeding 200 millimetres, but crabs of this size are uncommon because of the intensity with which they are fished. Crabs belong to a group of animals known as the Crustacea. British Columbia is already host to a number of significant marine invasive species, including the European green crab (Carcinus maenas), one of IUCN’s ‘worst’ invaders. 539 pp. BC. These crabs are exploited by commercial, aboriginal, and recreational fishers coast-wide. 267 pp. Perhaps the most familiar group of crustaceans, decapods include crabs, shrimp, lobsters, crayfish, and a host other less familiar forms. Several species of wild crab are the subject of crab fisheries around the coasts of the British Isles. Natural resource managers in British Columbia discovered several adult male and female European green crabs on Haida Gwaii this past July. In North America and South Africa, it bears the name green crab or European green crab. “There is This crab was first observed on the west coast of North America in San Francisco Bay, CA, in 1989. … Fisheries and Oceans Canada (2010) describes this species as the most important species of crab harvested in British Columbia, and provide a brief summary of the fishery: "The inception of the commercial fishery occurred before the turn of the century with first recorded landings in 1885. In response, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has established monitoring programs to detect and track the spread of aquatic invasive species, including European Green Crab, in Canadian waters. ... An inland invasion would be bad news for aquaculture and native species alike, said Therriault. The crabs, which are frequently green but not exclusively so, are distinguished by five distinct spines on each side behind its eye. Working together at federal, provincial and local levels is essential to protect them. Dungeness crabs are the most important crab species harvested in British Columbia and the second most valuable invertebrate fishery on the west coast of Canada, reported landings exceeded $21 million in 1998. Bulletin 166 United States National Museum. Hugget. Thirty three percent of Cancer gracilis, 49% of Cancer magister and 68% of Cancer productus possessed one or more epibiont species. The tree must be at least 125 years old if it’s an aspen; a Douglas fir will have to be at least 250, and likely much older. 398 pp. 87 pp. European green crab, Carcinus maenas, in British Columbia - 2006. The order Decapoda is a group of crustaceans characterized by five pairs of walking legs on the thorax (Deca- = 10, -poda = legs). These species have been assigned to the genera Axiopsis, Calastacus and Calocaris. This leech-crab associa- Include All Levels of Government. British Columbia Aquatic Invasive Species European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) Monitoring, British Columbia Aquatic invasive species pose economic and ecological threats to Canada's coastal waters. Sea Challengers, Monterey, California. This species of crab are the largest of the commercially harvested crabs. Helmet Crab Telmessus cheiragonus Typical size: 2-3” across carapace ID: Yellow colored body and legs. British Columbia Safood Industry ea evi 2016 Table of Contents A MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE 1 BRITISH COLUMBIA’S AGRIFOOD AND SEAFOOD SECTOR 2 BRITISH COLUMBIA SEAFOOD SECTOR HIGHLIGHTS 2 BRITISH COLUMBIA SEAFOOD PRODUCTION 2014 - 2016 3 B.C. On the Atlantic coast of North America, ecosystem engineering by invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) has been linked to the … To include these they are classified as a subclass contrasted with the typical members of the class, the Eumalacostraca. Dungeness Crab stock assessment focuses on the collection of biological data from crab stocks coastwide which are used to ensure that fishing practices do not inadvertently kill or injure female and undersize crabs that the minimum size of harvest is designed to protect. AND . Aquaculture, 86: 7 - 18. The female crab can only be bred in the newly moulted (soft-shell) condition, but can produce two or more batch of eggs from a single mating using stored sperm. 130. All have one or two small hollow knobs of apparently unknown function on the mid-dorsal ridge of the carapace. What this did was to unite crabs, lobsters, and some shrimp together while grouping other groups of shrimp as distantly related. Smooth pinchers with white tips. Unlike the blackeye hermit, this crab has beady little yellow eye. The Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) may be cute and fuzzy to on-lookers, especially in the popular tourist areas of Stanley Park in Vancouver, but it is an invasive mammal in British Columbia that is ranked by the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) as one of the Top 100 Invasive Species in the world. The eggs are hatched in the spring and planktonic larvae are released into the water. Thirty three percent of Cancer gracilis, 49% of Cancer magister and 68% of Cancer productus possessed one or more epibiont species. Dungeness crab have an oval-shaped carapace that is yellow-brown to purplish. Fucus gardneri : Common Coralline Seaweed. Fishermen catch them using mesh-covered pots that are 7 … 1918. Spec. The definitions of these genera were made when few species had been Maximum age is estimated at 6-7 years. 2700: vii + 39 p. European green crab, Carcinus maenas, is a recently-arrived non-indigenous species on the Pacific Coast of North America. Crab harvesting information - BC sport fishing guide. A., T. H. Butler, J. Zoologische Verhandelingen. Spiders found in British Columbia include 64 unique species from confirmed sightings by contributing members of Spider ID. There are several traits associated with European green crab that make it such a prolific global invader including high fecundity, high dispersal capability, robust … Gazey, and I. Winther. Moulting Dungeness Crab, old and new bottom side Photo: Jim Boutillier, Moulting Dungeness Crab, old and new, top side Photo: Jim Boutillier, Alexander, R. F., W.J. The grapsoid crabs of America. An invasive species of crab is threatening native habitat along the coastal Pacific Northwest, from Southern Oregon to British Columbia. The marine decapod crustacea of California with special reference to the decapod crustacea collected by the United States Bureau of  Fisheries Steamer “Albatross” in connection with the biological survey of San Francisco Bay during the years 1912-1913. chilensis: Chalky Coralline Seaweed Bulletin 152. THE CRAB MACROREGONIA MACROCHIRA SAKAI (BRACHYURA, MAJIDAE) IN THE VICINITY OF DEEP-SEA HYDROTHERMAL VENTS OFF BRITISH COLUMBIA Joel W. Martin and Gary Pettit ABSTRACT Caprella bathytatos new species, is described from the mouthparts of spider crabs in the vicinity of deep-sea hydrothermal vents off British Columbia. Nereocystis luetkeana : Splitleaf Rockweed. 2002. The tree must be at least 125 years old if it’s an aspen; a Douglas fir will have to be at least 250, and likely much older. University of Washington Press, Seattle WA. Graceful Crab Cancer gracilis Typical size: 3-4” across carapace ID: Teeth along front of carapace lined in white. and Alaska. The Phylum Arthropoda are the jointed-legged animals. 440 pp. Check out what B.C. Fish. Harbor Publishing, Madeira Park, BC. Schram, F. R. 2001. Co-governance model for implementing conservation management plan gives species their best chances of survival. Brachyura of the Pacific coast of America: Oxyrhyncha. Corallina officinalis var. chilensis: Chalky Coralline Seaweed Multiple stressors, including invasive species that directly alter, remove, or replace the foundation plant species, threaten these ecosystems. on the biology and fisheries of box crabs in British Columbia (B.C.) Effects of ocean variability on recruitment and an evaluation of parameters used in stock assessment models. All in all, this corner of the world has something for everyone, and plenty of BC fishing charters to help you make the most of it. With the establishment of green crab in British Columbia, including higher density populations such as those in Pipestem Inlet (Gillespie et al. McLaughlin P. 1974. These three crab species were common in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, occurring sympatrically across much of their range. TIMING OF LARVAL RELEASE IN THE PORCELAIN CRAB, PETROLISTHES CINCTIPES (DECAPODA, ANOMURA), IN CLAYOQUOT SOUND, BRITISH COLUMBIA BY KECIA A. KERR1 ) and DAVID A. DUFFUS Department of Geography, University of Victoria, P.O. The Dendrobranchiata, poorly represented in the north Pacific, include the commercially important tropical Gulf and tiger prawns and includes decapods that extrude eggs freely into the water column. These three crab species were common in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, occurring sympatrically across much of their range. These species have been assigned to the genera Axiopsis, Calastacus and Calocaris. There are three species of Tanner crab in British Columbia. Also known as the hairy crab, this species of crab is very small, being just 2 to 3cm across when fully grown. To understand what makes this order distinct I find it is easier to place it in the context of higher taxonomic levels and the lower levels contained within the order. al. Once the old shell is cast off, the new shell quickly swells with water to a size approximately 15-25% larger. British Columbia has representatives of all of the major infraorders except Palinura (spiny lobsters, slipper lobsters, and blind lobsters) and the Stenopodidea (coral shrimps and glass sponge shrimps). Species Account: European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) 2.3 . British Columbia is a fly fishing paradise that is equally rewarding for those who are eager to hook into a “dinosaur” Sturgeon weighing hundreds of pounds. Rathbun. Kozloff, E. N. 1996. Smaller crabs molt several times per year while larger crabs may molt annually or biannually after reaching sexual maturity. Shrimps of the Pacific coast of Canada. In the past decapod crustaceans were divided into two large groups, the Natania (= “swimmers”) and the Reptania (= “crawlers”). Our study investigates cancrid crab predators as a mortality agent and potentially natural control for an introduced bivalve, the varnish clam (Nuttallia obscurata), in coastal British Columbia (BC). Dungeness crabs are the most important crab species harvested in British Columbia and the second most valuable invertebrate fishery on the west coast of Canada, reported landings exceeded $21 million in 1998. Pacific Coast Crabs and Shrimps. It is important to remember that spiders seen in British Columbia are not bound by the territorial lines decided on by humans, therefore their distribution is subject to change. Author, date, page title. 396 pp. Mating takes place in summer. https://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/efauna/CrabsofBritishColumbia.html Nereocystis luetkeana : Splitleaf Rockweed. The maximum size in British Columbia is about 220 mm shell width, or approximately 2.0 kg weight, however, most crabs caught are less than 200 mm or 1.0 kg. 12 teeth across carapase. The species was found attached to the setae of the third maxillipeds of the majid crab species Macroregonia macrochira, a vagrant associate of hydrothermal … European green crab, Carcinus maenas, is a recently-arrived non-indigenous species on the Pacific Coast of North America. Crabs have two eyes perched on stalks that stick out from the hard shell, and a pair of small feelers between them. These eight-leggers are endlessly diverse and surprising—from the jumping spiders that dance to impress prospective mates, to the wily crab spiders that disguise themselves as flowers. The claws have light-coloured tips, sharp serated teeth and a pronounced hook at the tips, distinguishing it from similar species. 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