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Walking Sideways: The Remarkable World of Crabs

Judith S. Weis


The world’s nearly 7,000 species of crabs are immediately recognizable by their claws, sideways movement, stalked eyes, and thick outer shells. These common crustaceans are found internationally, thriving in various habitats from the edge of the sea to the depths of the ocean, in fresh water or on land. Despite having the same basic body type as decapod crustaceans—true crabs have heavy exoskeletons and ten limbs with front pincer claws—crabs come in an enormous variety of shapes and sizes, from the near microscopic to the giant Japanese spider crab. This book provides an engaging and informat ... More

Keywords: crabs, crustaceans, ocean, deep sea, evolution, communication, sexual dimorphism, fresh water

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450501
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450501.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith S. Weis, author