Kōrero: Crabs, crayfish and other crustaceans

A native crab

A native crab

This crab (Cancer novaezelandiae) is snuggled amongst a group of tube worms. Commonly known as the pie-crust crab or ngāhorohoro, it usually hides in coastal sands, leaving the top of its shell (carapace) exposed. It is a nocturnal predator and feeds on shellfish, cracking open bivalve shells with powerful pincers.

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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, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/8227/a-native-crab (accessed 27 February 2020)

He kōrero nā Niel Bruce and Alison MacDiarmid, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006