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A Spiny Lithode Crab, Acantholithodes hispidus One reason why there were not many prawns in this trap! Not what I was hoping for. This crab is not an unusual bycatch of prawn fishermen. Please see, <a href="https://www.centralcoastbiodiversity.org/spiny-lithode-crab-bull-acantholithodes-hispidus.html" rel="nofollow">https://www.centralcoastbiodiversity.org/spiny-lithode-crab-bull-acantholithodes-hispidus.html</a>  The crab was brought up from a depth of ~122 meters. Hopefully it made it safely back home. Acantholithodes hispidus,Canada,Geotagged,Hairy Spined Crab,Red Fur Crab,Spiny Lithode Crab,Summer Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

A Spiny Lithode Crab, Acantholithodes hispidus

One reason why there were not many prawns in this trap! Not what I was hoping for. This crab is not an unusual bycatch of prawn fishermen. Please see, https://www.centralcoastbiodiversity.org/spiny-lithode-crab-bull-acantholithodes-hispidus.html The crab was brought up from a depth of ~122 meters. Hopefully it made it safely back home.

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  1. Excellent image! Thanks for this glimpse into the problems of the poor old shrimp-fishermen :o)
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    Posted 7 days ago
    1. Many thanks. I was surprised at how colourful this fellow was considering how deep he was living. I was also surprised at how soft the body was when I picked it up. Although it does eat the prawns/shrimp they are too fast for this slow moving crab so it enjoys the captive “audience” in the trap. Posted 7 days ago
      1. I read about the soft abdomen ... funny to imagine in a beast so prickly and tough looking :o) Posted 7 days ago

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The Spiny Lithode Crab (Acantholithodes hispidus) is species of the infraorder Anomura and as such not a true "Crab" (Brachyura), but rather closer related to Hermit Crabs and the like.

Similar species: Ten-footed Crustaceans
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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Uploaded Jul 12, 2019. Captured Jul 11, 2019 13:54 in Comox-Strathcona I, BC, Canada.
  • DSC-HX80
  • f/4.0
  • 1/320s
  • ISO80
  • 5.98mm