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Lithodes aequispina Benedict, 1895
Golden King Crab
Family: Lithodidae

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

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Distribution of Lithodes aequispina in British Columbia
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Species Information

Carapace round with conical spines, longest marginally. Rostrum with spines: 2 dorsally, 4 laterally and 1 ventrally; tip may be bifid; subequal chelipeds shorter than walking legs, which are elongate and have sharp, broad-based spines on all surfaces. Eyestalk short and stout with cornea mostly ventral. Antennal acicle small and tipped with 2 or 3 sharp spines. 2nd segment of abdomen spined and entire.


Carapace: male 187 x 195 mm.


Carapace reddish tan and dark red anteriorly. Spines with red base, a light band and dark brown tips. Chelipeds reddish tan and streaked with red-brown. Spines light, fingers orange and cutting teeth on finger of right hand white; those of left brown. Walking legs tan and light mahogany; dactyl with terminal bands orange and tips dark brown.


Continental shelf.



Japan, Sea of Okhotsk (northwest Pacific), and Bering Sea, to Ucluelet, Vancouver Island (48°45’N, 125°20’W), British Columbia; from 77 to 730 m.
Distribution In British Columbia

Records from the west coast of Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Sound.

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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Lithodes aequispinus JE Benedict, 1895

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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: 2024-06-15 2:25:51 PM]
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