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Do Crabs Have Eyebrows? Get The Facts Here!

Crab at sunset

Have you ever wondered if crabs have eyebrows? It may seem like a silly question, but it reveals a lot about the anatomy and behavior of these fascinating creatures.

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In this blog post, we will explore the answer to this question, as well as some other interesting facts about crabs and their eyes.

What Are Eyebrows? Why do We Have Them?

Eyebrows are the strips of hair that grow above our eyes. They have several functions, such as:

  • Protecting our eyes from sweat, dust, and rain
  • Expressing our emotions and facial expressions
  • Enhancing our attractiveness and individuality

Eyebrows are not unique to humans. Many other animals, such as mammals, birds, and reptiles, also have eyebrows or similar structures.

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Eyebrows in animals serve similar purposes as ours, but may also have additional functions, such as:

  • Camouflaging or mimicking other animals
  • Communicating with other members of their species
  • Regulating their body temperature

So, Do Crabs Have Eyebrows?

The short answer is no, crabs do not have eyebrows.

Based on the anatomy and behavior of these creatures, it seems that they simply do not need them. Their aquatic environments and adaptations to navigate them have made eyebrows less critical for their survival than other animals living in different environments.


Crabs have eyes that are very different from our own. They are on stalks for a start and can swivel around wildly, as well as being withdrawn into their sockets. They have compound eyes, which means their eye is formed of hundreds or thousands of individual light sensors with their lens and cornea. These mini eyes are hexagonal and called ommatidia

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Crabs do not see a single image, instead they get a mosaic of repeated, blurry pictures.

In light conditions, the ommatidia become pigmented to reduce the amount of light that enters. When it is darker, the pigment crystallizes and lets light in. Generally, the deeper the environment the crab lives in, the bigger the eyes, to let in what little light is available. Pictured below is the eye of 2 Fiddler Crabs:

Fiddler crabs have a 360-degree eyesight

These crabs live in a flat, intertidal environment, and have developed 360-degree eyesight. They can identify a flying bird of 30cm size flying above at a height of 20m, and a person walking on the mudflat at 100m. Although their range is amazing for crabs, they can only see in 100×100 pixel resolution.

The eye stalks of crabs are also where you can find the X-organ, a nerve cell that controls the color of the crab. If you remove the eyes of a crab, they become pale, but please do not try this. The X-organ is one of the most important organs in the crab’s body and controls things like the molting cycle, sexual maturity, and carbohydrate metabolism.


Here are some frequently asked questions about crabs and their eyes:

Q: How many eyes do crabs have?

A: Crabs have two eyes, both of which are compound eyes, each consisting of hundreds or thousands of single eyes.

Q: How do crabs see?

A: Crabs see in a mosaic of repeated, blurry pictures, with low resolution and limited color vision. They can detect movement, contrast, and polarization of light.

Q: Can crabs see in the dark?

A: Crabs can see in the dark by adjusting the pigment in their ommatidia to let lighter in. The deeper the environment the crab lives in, the bigger the eyes, to let in what little light is available.

Q: Do crabs have eyelids?

A: No, crabs do not have eyelids. They can retract their eyes into their sockets for protection, but they do not blink or close their eyes.

Q: Do crabs feel pain?

A: This is a controversial question, as different studies have shown conflicting results. Some researchers argue that crabs do feel pain, as they show behavioral and physiological responses to harmful stimuli, such as avoiding electric shocks, rubbing injured limbs, and releasing stress hormones. 

Others claim that crabs do not feel pain, as they lack the brain structures and nerve endings that are associated with pain perception in vertebrates.

The debate is still ongoing, and more research is needed to settle this issue.


We hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something new about crabs and their eyes. Crabs are amazing animals that have adapted to their environments in remarkable ways. They do not have eyebrows, but they have other features that make them unique and fascinating.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Thank you for reading!

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