Monday, January 9, 2017

ZooWeird 40

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

The Japanese spider crab is a gigantic marine crab and one of the world's largest arthropods, holding the record for largest leg span. The heaviest ever reported specimen was 19 kg (~42 lb), making it also the second heaviest arthropod. The heaviest is the American lobster (Homarus americanus). The species is primarily found off the southern coasts of the Japanese island of HonshÅ«, from Tokyo Bay to Kagoshima Prefecture. Some populations have also been found in Iwate Prefecture and off Su-ao in Taiwan. Adults occur at depths ranging from 50 to 600 m (~165-1970 ft). (All animal info from

A spider crab—that’s quite a name,
A name that causes fear—and fame.

I wonder if the spider part
In dominant? Because he’s smart

With webs and stuff? Or is it “crab”
That means the most (oh, just a stab

At understanding). A spider that
Complains a lot? A grumpy cat?

Well—not a cat, no feline thing.
(A dude that wears a lot of bling.)

The more I’ve thought, the more I’ve mused,
The more completely I’m confused!

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