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Lithodes aequispinus, Golden King Crab

Golden king crab (Lithodes aequispinus), such as the ones shown below, were observed in abundant numbers at the upper elevations (generally above 500 meters) of the Patton Seamount in the Gulf of Alaska during the 1999 Patton seamount expedition. Most of the adults were observed on rocky substrates, and grasping pairs were seen on several submersible dives.

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Photo by Dr. Bradley Stevens.

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