Create a Creature By: Madison Marinkovich

Name and Size?

My Creature's scientific name is Hex Chloro and when translated means Six Green, which signifies my creatures six claws and green color. My creatures common name is the Jelly Crab. It has this name because it is a crab that's claws have the same purpose as do jellyfish's tentacles and the crab has many characteristics similar to a Jelly Fish. This Jelly Crab has the same sizes as a blue crab, ranging from 4 to 9 inches. Most are small.

where does it live?

The Jelly Crab lives in the ocean. It lives within 4 zones. One being the Benthic Zone, which is the entire ocean floor, and since my crature lives on the floor it is apart of this zone. The second is the Neritic Zone, which is the area over the continental shelf and is where there is plenty of sunlight and nutrients coming from upwelling and runoff. . Third is the Euphotic zone, which has a lot of sunlight, oxygen, and low pressure. Lastly is the Epipelagic Zone, which has the same characteristics as the Euphotic Zone. The Jelly Crab lives in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Traits and Adaptations and feeding?

My creature is a crab that has stinging claws and a layer on top of its shell has the same look as a jelly fish's umbrella-shaped bell. The males have larger claws than the females. The creature uses his stinging claws only when it wants to. The Jelly Crab has six legs so it is able to walk and eat at the same time. The Jelly Crab gets its bright green color from living in the coral reef. By living in the coral reef the Jelly Crab always has a plentiful amount of food. It is important for the Jelly Crab to be in his habitat because the Jelly Crab need lots of oxygen, sunlight, and warm water temperatures to be able to live, and it also is unable to survive in high pressure. This creature is a carnivore. It feeds on plankton, crustaceans, fish eggs, etc., like a Jelly fish. Jelly Crab's hunt passively using their claws to dig into the sand and once they have a meal they use their claw to put it in their mouth. Their main source of eating is by using their claws to pick up their food. The Jelly Crab has two movement detectors above each eye that allow them to know when an animal is moving towards them or away from them if they are unable to see it. This also helps the Jelly Crab get a good meal. The Jelly Crab also has gills on each side of it's body.

Locomotion &Respiration

The jelly Crab walks straight or sideways. Since it has so many legs, or claws, it is able to pick the direction in which it walks. The Jelly Fish moves by its claws solely, it doesn't have a different way to get around. It relies on its claws. Since the Jelly Crab lives on the bottom this makes it a Vagrant Bentho, meaning it moves around on part of the bottom to another. The Jelly Crab uses their gills to obtain oxygen under the water. The oxygen can be dissolved into water. This is how respiration occurs for the Jelly Crab. The oxygen goes in through the crabs gills on each side of its body and after it has entered the body, it is sent to the heart which sends the oxygen out to the rest of the body's organs.

Reprodcution

The Jelly Crab reproduces just like any other ordinary crab. Jelly Crabs reproduce by laying eggs. During mating, the male crab carries the female on his back for up to two weeks, after which the female stores the male's sperm in sacs on her abdomen. The male is the one to attract the female by its large claws. The larger the claws are on the male the more desirable the male becomes to the female. The male and female mate once the female has chosen. This is how reproduction occurs.

Defense Strategies?

The Jelly Crab relies solely on its claws to defend itself. Whenever they sense danger to themselves, by using their motion detectors, they immediately allow their claws to sting. This way if something were to come and try to eat or attack the Jelly Crab it would be stung as soon as contact occurred. This strategy works with almost all creatures, but if a large creature wanted to mess with the Jelly Crab, which is rare, once it is in its mouth the Jelly Crab is unable to control it from there. Since the Jelly Crab lives in the Benthic Zone, which is all the ocean floor, any creature that comes into the Coral Reef is a danger to the jelly Crab in it's eyes. It will immediately become defensive and use it's claws if it feels any danger and once the creature is stung it will back down.

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