sponge crab


Definition of sponge crab

1 : a female crab bearing an egg mass
2 : any of several crabs commonly found in association with sponges: such as
a(1) : grass crab
(2) : a crab of the group Dromiacea that decorates its back with sponges or ascidians
b : any of several hermit crabs of the Pacific coast of North America that excavate their homes in a living sponge (Suberites latus)

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“Sponge crab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sponge%20crab. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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