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Paralithodes camtschaticus (red king crab)

Synonyms: Paralithodes camtschatica

Wikipedia Abstract

The red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, also called Kamchatka crab, is a species of king crab native to the Bering Sea. It grows to a leg span of 1.8 m (5.9 ft), and is heavily targeted by fisheries.
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Diet [1]  Carnivore, Planktivore
Water Biome [1]  Benthic, Coastal

Prey / Diet

Aglaophamus malmgreni[2]
Aphelochaeta marioni (bristleworm)[2]
Arrhis phyllonyx[2]
Asterias rubens (Starfish)[2]
Chionoecetes opilio (snow crab)[2]
Chlamys islandica (Iceland scallop)[2]
Ciona intestinalis (transparent sea squirt)[2]
Crossaster papposus (spiny sun star, common sun star)[2]
Ctenodiscus crispatus (Mud star)[2]
Cyclopterus lumpus (Lumpsucker)[2]
Heteromastus filiformis (draadworm)[2]
Lumbriclymene minor[2]
Maldane sarsi (bambooworm)[2]
Mallotus villosus (Capelin)[2]
Mendicula ferruginosa (rusty axinopsid)[2]
Molpadia borealis[2]
Ophiacantha bidentata[2]
Ophiocten sericeum[2]
Ophiopholis aculeata (daisy brittle star)[2]
Ophiopleura borealis[2]
Ophioscolex glacialis[2]
Pandalus borealis (northern shrimp)[2]
Paralithodes camtschaticus (red king crab)[2]
Paramphinome jeffreysii[2]
Phascolion strombus[2]
Pontaster tenuispinus (nålsjöstjärna)[2]
Pronucula tenuis (smooth nutclam)[3]
Scalibregma inflatum (T-headed worm)[2]
Similipecten greenlandicus[2]
Spiochaetopterus typicus[2]
Thyasira gouldi (Northern hatchet-shell)[2]
Thysanoessa inermis[2]
Thysanoessa longicaudata[2]
Thysanoessa raschii (Arctic krill)[2]
Yoldiella solidula[2]


Amblyraja radiata (Starry ray)[2]
Anarhichas orientalis (Bering wolffish)[2]
Gadus macrocephalus (Pacific cod)[4]
Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus (Sculpin)[5]
Paralithodes camtschaticus (red king crab)[2]
Rajella fyllae (Round ray)[2]


East Pacific;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Food and feeding habits of the king crab Paralithodes camtschatica near Kodiak Island, Alaska, S. C. Jewett and H. M. Feder, Marine Biology Volume 66, Number 3 (1982), 243-250
4Groundfish Food Habits and Predation on Commercially Important Prey Species in the Eastern Bering Sea From 1997 Through 2001, Lang, G. M., P. A. Livingston, and K. A. Dodd, 2005, U.S. Dep. Comer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-158, 230 p.
5Feeding Interactions and Diet of Carnivorous Fishes in the Shelikhov Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk, V. V. Napazakov, Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 2008, Vol. 34, No. 7, pp. 452–460
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