Japanese giant crab_xxi century_110 x 130 cm_provenance: private collection, Belgium.
The Japanese giant crab, also called Japanese spider-crab, (Macrocheira Kaempferi), is considered to be the greatest living arthropod. Mainly endemic in the seas surrounding Japan, this hideous crab usually lives in ex-treme depths of 150 to 800 m, and has a median life span of over 100 years. The proposed specimen is a male, recognizable from the chelae, which are wider and more evident when compared to those of the female crabs. The legs are so extremely long and thin that they give this very peculiar animal the appearance of an alien creature.
It is not difficult to imagine how the Japanese crab-spider could have been a great source of inspiration for comics, graphic novels and science-fiction films during the whole of the XX century.