The giant Japanese spider crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) is the largest living arthropod in the world. In Japan, this crab is known as ‘Taka-ashi-gani’ which means ‘tall-legged crab’. The body can grow up to 40cm long, with a leg span of 3.8m and 19kg in weight!
Manchester Museum’s huge Japanese spider crab was donated by Dr J.H. Ashworth on 19th January 1904 and remains a firm favourite for many museum visitors.
Were you surprised by the size of Manchester Museum’s crab?