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What is a crab? What significance do crabs play in the world? In Crab, Cynthia Chris reveals that these charming creatures are social by nature, creative problem-solvers, and invaluable members of the environments in which they live. Their formidable physical forms, their hard-to-harvest and quick-to-spoil flesh, and their sassy demeanor have inspired artists and writers from Vincent van Gogh to Jean-Paul Sartre. Chris sketches vivid portraits of these animals, tracing the history of the crab through its ancient fossil record to its essential role in protecting its own habitats from the threat of climate change.

176 pages | 85 color plates, 15 halftones | 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 | © 2021


Biological Sciences: Natural History

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"The latest book in Reaktion Books' brilliant Animal series, Crab turns every reader into an expert with its lively history of the creature, killer trivia (the crab is an arachnid), and examples of its 'sassy demeanor' in art and gift for problem solving."

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“This book explores everything that is interesting, weird, and wonderful about crabs. . . . Chris is part detective, part scientist, and always an exceptionally good writer. Her magnificent book will enthrall scientists and beginners alike.”

Patricia Backwell, professor of biology, Australian National University

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