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Latin nameNecora puber 
Size – Shell up to 8cm wide 
Habitat – Lower shore under rocks and stones

The shell is covered in short hairs which creates a velvety appearance and gives this crab its name. Its back legs are flattened out like paddles, which make them better for swimming. Also known as the Devil crab, it has bright red eyes and a painful nip.

Velvet Swimming Crab

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This crab has red eyes and an aggressive temperament – handle with care! Photo by Adelino R Silva.

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