• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Crustacea
  • Class: Malacostraca
  • Subclass: Eumalacostraca
  • Superorder: Eucarida
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Suborder: Pleocyemata
  • Infraorder: Brachyura
  • Family: Xanthidae
  • Scientific name: Xantho pilipes
  • Norwegian: marmorkrabbe


This is among the smaller crabs, the carapace may reach a maximum width of 4 cm. The color is reddish or pale brown. The claw tips are black. The edge between the eyes are smooth, without any teeth.


The Risso's crab is found on depths down to approximately 100 meters. It prefers to hide under rocks or buried in coarse gravel.


It is widespread in the East Atlantic Ocean, from the west coast of Africa to Scandinavia.