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Ocean Life in Alaska

Golden King Crab

Golden King Crab
Lithodes aequispinus

Where do golden king crabs live?

Golden king crabs live along the continental slope, between 200 m and 400 m, in the Bering Sea, the Gulf of Alaska, off western North America as far south as San Diego and in Japanese waters. They like to live around boulders or soft corals.

What do golden king crabs eat?

Scientists don't really know what golden king crabs eat, but they think their diet is similar to other king crabs. Therefore they probably eat things such as bivalves, sea stars, polychaete worms, and sand dollars.

How do golden king crabs reproduce?

Every 20 months an individual golden king crab female incubates about 10,000 to 30,000 eggs. Their eggs are the largest of any of the king crab species.