Project Description

 Velvet Swimming Crab

Scientific name: Necora puber
Size: Up to 10cm across the shell
Colour: Brown with blue markings and bright red eyes
Habitat: Rocky shores, under rocks or in crevices

  • Sometimes known as a “Devil Crab” due to its red eyes.
  • One of the more aggressive crabs, so if it shares a bucket with another animal it might attack it.
  • Their back legs are wide and flat, like paddles and can be used for swimming.
  • They eat lots of different things, such as sea snails, other crabs and even seaweed.
  • Like all of the crabs, they shed their armour when it gets too small.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor