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Macroregonia macrochira Sakai, 1978
Deep Sea Giant Spider Crab
Family: Oregoniidae

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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #8024)

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Distribution of Macroregonia macrochira in British Columbia
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The Deep Sea Giant Spider Crab is one of three species of crabs described from vents in the eastern Pacific, including Explorer Ridge west of Vancouver Island. It is an extremely large species with an "anteriorly broadened carapace and markedly swollen dorsal surface" (Tunnicliffe and Jensen 1987).

This " large-clawed spider crab has legs about a half-meter long. That's big, but not unusual. Tanner crabs and king crabs have long legs, too. But the legs on this crab are really, really thin." (Stevens 2001).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
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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: 2024-06-14 2:36:26 PM]
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