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"I got a spider crab! Water bugs can rest easy." —New Horizons

The spider crab is a rare deep-sea creature found at the bottom of the ocean in New Leaf and New Horizons. In New Horizons, it appears most frequently between 4am and 9pm. Diving is the only way of capturing it.

The spider crab has the largest shadow among all deep-sea creatures, but it is also one of the fastest deep-sea creatures as well.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"Known for their long legs, adult male spider crabs can have leg spans of over three yards. This actually makes them the largest species of crab in the world. They are thought to have lived in ocean bottoms for tens of millions of years without changing shape. Their vivid-orange bodies feature white spots, making their coloration truly beautiful."

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Hoooot hooot, I do so hope to not hyperventilate as I regale you with the spider crab's qualities. But I would be remiss if I did not point out that this, the largest crab on earth...looks like a GIANT SPIDER! Arachnophobia aside...this crab is a magnificent creature to be sure. Though they can grow up to 12 feet from claw to claw and weigh up to 40 pounds, they're said to be docile. In fact, these gentle giants love to hide, attaching seaweed and sponges to their shell as camouflage. My feathers, if only I could unsee the SPIDER in the spider crab...I'm sure I'd find it charming as can be."

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Giant Spider Crab
"I got a spider crab! Who'd put spiders in the ocean?!"
Size 45 inches
Time All day
Season Spring

New Horizons[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Spider Crab NH
"I got a spider crab! Water bugs can rest easy."
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) Mar-Apr
Months active (south) Sep-Oct

Further information[]

Main article: Spider crab on Wikipedia
Spider Crab

A giant spider crab in real life

The giant spider crab has the longest leg span of any arthropod and is also the largest crab in the world. They are mostly found on the southern coast of Honshu, Japan, however they have been seen in more northern regions of Japan and in Taiwan. They move into shallow waters during the spring; at this time it is illegal to fish them in Japan. Their planktonic larvae do not look anything like their parents and growth rate is dependent on temperature, taking between 54-72 days to mature at around 12-15 Celsius (54-59 Fahrenheit).

In other languages[]

Spider crab
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese タカアシガニ Takaashigani -
France French Crabe-araignée géant -
Germany German Riesenkrabbe -
Italy Italian Granchio gigante giapponese -
China Chinese 高腳蟹/高脚蟹 Gāojiǎoxiè -

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