Language English Photo: Biodôme Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe great spider crab has long legs and a violin-shaped body. ReproductionGreat spider crab mates in February, March and April. Fertilization is internal. The young are born in the form of larvae. DietGreat spider crab eats mainly dead animals, but they may catch live prey. PredatorsIts enemies are mostly fish. HabitatGreat spider crab lives in salt water, from the low tide line to depths of about 50 metres. It prefers gravel or rocky bottoms. It is also found on kelp. Ecology, behaviourThis crabs plays an important role by recycling organic matter contained in the dead plants and animals it eats. The algae and sponges that attach themselves to its backs help to camouflage Atlantic lyre crab. During the mating period, the male captures a female and keeps her with him until she has moulted. The larvae do not resemble their parents and swim freely. French nameCrabe araignée Scientific nameHyas araneusPhylumArthropodaClassCrustaceaOrderDecapodaFamilyOregoniidaeSizeLength: 9.5 cm; width (without claws): 6.4 cmStatusCommon species, commercially exploited for food.