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Spinous spider crab

Order Decapoda
Family Majidae

Marine decapod crustacean. Almost rounded caparace, covered with hairs, with 2 longs tips between the eyes, and 6 on the sides and back. Very thin pincers. Longer thoracic legs, terminated in a hooked nail. It measures up to 30 cm.

FAO code
Maja squinado
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Seespinne
France Araignée de mer
Italy Granceola
Portugal Santola
United Kingdom Spinous spider crab
Japan Kumogani
Fishing areas
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