Story: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

Crayfish moulting

Crayfish moulting

A crayfish begins to moult when its carapace detaches from its tail section. Then the animal hunches its body up and withdraws its head and legs from the old shell. Later, it wriggles forward and frees its abdomen from the old tail segments.

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Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, 'Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans - Crustaceans – bugs of the sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, published 12 Jun 2006