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Crabs, Lobsters and Shrimp
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Crabs, Lobsters and Shrimp

You may not have ever stopped to notice but prawns, hermit crabs, and the other crustaceans in this order of marine animals all have 10 legs.

Most Decapoda are scavengers, meaning they eat the remains of dead plants and animals. Many also have a set of pincers on their front legs. Take a closer look at this order with more than 8,500 species.

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