1000 – 1500 mm maximum dimension. Seen attracted to tuna bait. It is either of the genus Lithodes or Neolithodes (although sadly the distinguishing feature is on the abdomen which is not visible). Two likely candidates are known from this region – Neolithodes asperrimus or Lithodes ferox. Unless the video distorts the secondary spines (which should cover N.asperrimus), it is most likely to be a Lithodes ferox with a malformed or regenerating rostrum.
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) > Class Malacostraca (Crabs, krill, pill bugs, shrimps, prawns) > Order Decapoda (Crabs, lobsters, prawns, shrimps) > Family Lithodidae (King crabs)|
|Behaviour:||Feeding on bait on the seabed.|
|Site:||Atlantic > South Atlantic > Nigeria > Akpo field|
Atlantic > Central Atlantic > Nigeria > Akpo field
|Latitude:||3 deg 07' 00" N|
|Longitude:||6 deg 49' 00" E|
|Countries:||West Africa > Nigeria|
|Substratum:||Fine sediment, partially disturbed|
|Project Partners:||Total, Transocean, Oceaneering|
|Deposited By:||Mr R Curry|
|Deposited On:||09 December 2009|
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