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Chorilia longipes Dana, 1851
Longhorn Decorator Crab
Family: Majidae

Species account author: Josephine Hart.
Extracted from Crabs and their relatives of British Columbia.
Photo of species

© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #95826)

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Distribution of Chorilia longipes in British Columbia
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Species Information

Carapace pear-shaped, inflated, knobby and spined. Rostrum of two long cylindrical horns diverging from base. Preocular spine prominent. Eyestalk short; cornea rounded. Walking legs long, smooth and cylindrical; 1st longer than cheliped.


Carapace: male 55 x 45 mm, female 54 x 40 mm.


Carapace white with orange spines; rostrum orange. Chelipeds orange-red with deepest colour on spines and ridges; finger scarlet with white band and white tips. Walking legs red with white bands: 2 on merus 1 on carpus and 1 on propodus.


Subtidal and deep water, on sand, mud, shell, gravel and rocky areas.



Japan; Shumagin Bank and Kodiak, Alaska, to Cortez Bank, Mexico; from 22 to 1190 m.
Distribution In British Columbia


Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-07-17 6:47:10 PM]
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