Lithodid Crab

Lithodid Crab


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.

Item Type:Image
Title:Lithodid Crab
Creator(s):Curry, Rob
Identification:Jones, Daniel
Date:July 2009
Copyright:SERPENT project
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) > Class Malacostraca (Crabs, krill, pill bugs, shrimps, prawns) > Order Decapoda (Crabs, lobsters, prawns, shrimps) > Family Lithodidae (King crabs)
Species:Lithodes ferox
Behaviour:Feeding on bait on the seabed.
Site:Atlantic > South Atlantic > Nigeria > Akpo field
Atlantic > Central Atlantic > Nigeria > Akpo field
Site Description:Midwater
Depth (m):1366m
Latitude:3 deg 07' 00" N
Longitude:6 deg 49' 00" E
Countries:West Africa > Nigeria
Substratum:Fine sediment, partially disturbed
Rig:Jack Ryan
Project Partners:Total, Transocean, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 43
Keywords:Lithodid Crab
Deposited By:Mr Rob Curry
Deposited On:09 December 2009

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