Rare spider crab rediscovered after 100 years
A rare miniature spider crab, which was last recorded in the waters of the British county of Cornwall back in 1912, has recently been found again and paraded.
Spider crab pisa armata this summer caught fisherman from Newquay Dan Gilbert, and gave it to the museum-aquarium "Blue Reef Aquarium".
Aquarium staff say that this animal is so rare, that they had to turn to an expert on marine life to help them to identify it, after they had studied all of their directories.
But they can be understood, because the history of mankind on this crab only 13 references preserved - they all belong to the Edwardian and Victorian era.
Aquarium Curator Matt Slater said: "As soon as Dan brought it to us, we realized that it was something unusual. But even reviewing all of our guides and consulted with colleagues from other aquariums, we still have not been able to establish his identity. " Now this tiny crab can be seen in one of the children's section of the aquarium, although visitors will first need to look it up properly.
"The crab the size of a thumb nail, and he loves to adorn themselves with seaweed" - said Slater.
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