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Universal Pictures Monster
Nicknames Hoe-Crest
Species Crab
Length 3-6 inchesWoK,
18-24 feetGotM
Allies Other Cunaepraedators
Enemies Humans
First Appearance Latest Appearance
King Kong: The Island of the Skull Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

Cunaepraedator is a fictional species of crab that were created for Peter Jackson's 2005 film King Kong, but did not make it into the film. However, they were used in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, and The World of Kong.


Cunaepraedators are grayish-brownish in color. They have four pincer-claws, six eyes and six legs they use to walk. They appear in The World of Kong as brown, dome-shaped creatures with four, stubby pincers.


The name Cunaepraedator means "nest-plunderer".


Cunaepraedators were a species of coast-dwelling crabs that evolved beyond the need for water, and lived entirely on land. Females kept eggs in a special compartment under their bodies. The eggs were fertilized by males using their large pincers to tip females up and clasping their secondary pincers to the female's. The eggs hatch immediately into small crabs, with no larval stage. After a time of crawling over the mother, the infants would be gently brushed off on a seabird's nest, where they would grow and develop feeding on nest scraps or dead hatchlings. After the birds left the nest, so would the Cunaepraedators, and they would join their parents as adult scavengers.[1]


Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie

A Cunaepraedator attacked the Venture crew members.


King Kong: The Island of the Skull

While diving for pearls in the waters approaching Skull Island, Sam Kelley and his young associate Jason discovered enormous pearls before they were attacked by a Cunaepraedator. In the struggle, the crab used its claws to hew Jason in half. Fortunately for Kelley, the scent of Jason's blood attracted a shark which ate the Cunaepraedator before it could do him any harm.


In Other Languages

  • Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin: Кунаепраедатор / Kunaepraedator
  • Croatian and Slovene: Kunaepraedator


  • Cunaepredators live near water and in flooded caves.


This is a list of references for Cunaepraedator. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Weta Workshop. (November 22, 2005) The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island, p. 25. Pocket Books.

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