Crustacea Resources | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Featured from our dry collection, the brown box crab (family Lithodidae) has a textured exterior that allows it to camouflage itself on the ocean floor.
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What's On This Crab?

Decorator crabs (superfamily Majoidea) use their claws to collect bits of invertebrates and algae from their environment and attach them to their exoskeletons.  They have hooked bristles, or setae, on their carapace that hold the decorations in place.  These decorations provide camouflage and chemical defenses to help protect them from predators.


Crustacea Resources