Crab, crustacean with an enlarged cephalothorax covered by a broad, flat shell called the

carapace. Extending from the cephalothorax are the various appendages: five pairs of legs, the
first pair for bearing claws (or pincers), are attached at the sides: two eyes on short, movable
stalks, two shorts antennules, two longer antennae, and numerous mouthparts are attached at the
front at the rear the tiny abdomen is bent under the cephalothorax.

The abdomen of the female, wider and flatter than that of the male, forms an apronlike structure
the continuously circulates water over the eggs that are carried on her underside