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- Common Names
- Wesköpa, Tusked Crabs, Tundra Crabs
- < 55kg kg (<--number--> pounds), < 1 meter ( 3 feet, 4 inches) body length, < 1 meters (3 feet, 4 inches) tail length.
- Large ovoid bodied crustaceans, with a pair of stalked eyes, long tusk-like projections, a pair of fore-limbs ending in blunted scoops, two pairs of long legs with pincer appendages, and a shorter pair with similar pincers on their hindmost legs. They also posses a long pair of articulated tails. Their shells are covered with bristle-like hairs.
- Sexual Dimorphism
- The left tail of males is tipped with a large spike used in sparring, mating displays, and sexual coupling.
- No notable sub-species.
- Amphibious, Saltwater, tundra and gravel-beaches of northern subarctic to arctic latitudes.
- Wesköpa are carnivores whom prey upon shellfish, crustaceans, and other burrowing animals which they dig up using their shovel-like fore-limbs.
- Social Grouping
- Solitary as adults, small groups related young less than 2 years of age.
- Friendly, will approach animals of all sorts.
- Live births 7-8 young annually.
- meat, ivory, and shells.