Name: Blue swimmer crab
Group: Crustacean (a type of arthropod)
Habitat: Warm coastal waters
Type of growth: They have to shed their skin to grow.
As babies: They hatch from eggs and have several larval stages. Their parents lay hundreds of thousands of eggs and do not care for their babies at all.
Other changes: Crab larvae look very different to the adults they grow into!
Need to know: The back legs of these crabs are modified - they look like paddles, allowing the crab to swim.
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