Project Description

Risso’s Crab

Scientific name: Xantho pilipes
Size: Up to 7cm across the shell
Colour: Red-brown
Habitat: Rocky shores, under rocks or in rockpools

  • They have large claws – they look like the bodybuilders of the crab world!
  • They are sometimes mottled with white, making them look like marble.
  • Liable to fight with other animals if placed in a bucket with them.
  • Similar to the Montagu’s crab, but can be identified by the fact that it has hairier legs.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor