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Lophopanopeus bellus bellus (Stimpson, 1860)
Black Clawed Crab
Family: Xanthidae

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

© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #2367)

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Distribution of Lophopanopeus bellus bellus in British Columbia
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Species Information

Carapace surface relatively smooth with a few small granules on flat elevations. Chelipeds stout with smooth surfaces; carpus may be slightly rugose. Walking legs stout with slight crest on dorsal margin of carpus. Some scattered setae and areas of short dense pubescence.


Carapace: male 23 x 34.2 mm, female 15 x 22 mm.


Variable. Carapace and chelipeds a mixture of various shades of brown, violet, purple, grey and white; fingers black with white teeth and sometimes with pink tips. Walking legs may appear to be somewhat banded with dark and light colouring. Ventrally light coloured. Peduncle of antennules banded light and dark. Eyestalk brown and white; cornea black.


Intertidally under rocks in mud or gravel.



Resurrection Bay (59°56’N, 149°19’W), Alaska, to Point Sur, California; intertidal to 80 m.
Distribution In British Columbia

Common intertidally.

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: 2024-06-19 7:45:18 AM]
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