Red King Crab

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Description of the Red King Crab

The Red King Crab is a highly prized food source by humans and is the most expensive king crab species to purchase, it is considered a delicacy. The King Crab is not recommended for the home aquarium due to its size, it is best suited to public aquariums.

Popular Name: Red King Crab
Species: Paralithodes camtschaticus

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Red King Crab

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Profile of the Red King Crab
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  • Size: Up to 1.8m

  • Diet / Feeding: Clams, Mussels, Barnacles, Sea Stars, Molluscs

  • Temperament: Territorial

  • Habitat: Caves and Rock Crevices on the sea bed, depths of up to 300m

  • Range: Baring Sea, North Pacific Ocean

Scientific Classification of the Red King Crab
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Paralithodes camtschaticus

  • Popular Name: Red King Crab - King Crab

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Arthropoda

  • Class: Malacostraca

  • Order: Decapoda

  • Family: Lithodidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Red King Crab?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why does the Red King Crab have an Exoskeleton?
A crabs shell is an exoskeleton. An exoskeleton protects the crustacean from predators and is also used for sensing and feeding. The exoskeleton grows and hardens and is eventually shred when the carpace becomes too small. The carpace is the upper section of the exoskeleton.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why is the Red King Crab called an Arthropod?
An Arthropod is an invertebrate animal (without a backbone) that has a segmented body with jointed limbs (appendages). True crabs are Decapod Crustaceans. Some species such as Hermit crabs, Porcelain crabs King crabs and Horseshoe crabs are not true crabs!  Decapod Crustaceans have five pairs of legs, the first three are used for feeding. At the end of the limbs are the chelae which is the correct term for pincers or claws.

Interesting Facts and Information about Red King Crab

Red King Crab

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  • Facts about Fish Species - What are Crustaceans?

  • Why do the Crustaceans have an exoskeleton (external skeleton)?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Crustaceans called Arthropods?

  • Species: Paralithodes camtschaticus

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