National Geographic : 1907 Apr
280 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE The Giant Spider Crab from Japan This fine specimen of the largest of all Crustaceans, the Giant Spider Crab, Kcempferia (Macrocheira)kcempferi de Haan, which measures somewhat over 12 feet between the tips of its outstretched claws, has recently been placed on exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History by the Department of Invertebrate Zoology. I his animal is known to occur to a depth of over 2,000 feet in the seas off the coast of Japan. The largest specimen in any collection is said to be that in the British Museum. It has a spread of 18 feet. Even larger specimens are, however, occasionally captured. One is recorded to have had a spread of 22 feet. The specimen in the American Museum is from Miura-Misaki, and was secured by Professor Bashford Dean, of Columbia University.