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This spider crab is native to southwest Florida waters. Following fertilization the female crab carries her eggs in a special brood pouch on her belly. When the eggs hatch she expells the tiny larvae into the water column where they will float as plankton and begin to grow. The tiny dots swimming around in the water are these larvae, called "megalops." Other residents of the temporary holding container, such as young spade fish, are enjoying the feast. Watch the video below to see it in action!

 

 

 

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