Red King Crab
Threat: Competition with native species.
Habitat: Marine, polar and temperate habitats. Capable of living in both warm water and cold water.
Description: It has a fused head and thorax, a fan shaped tail, 5 sets of appendages, the first two are pincers, the right is usually larger than the left, and three pairs of walking legs. The body is generally red/brownish.
Origin and Distribution: Originates from the Northern Pacific and
Impacts: This species is capable of consuming large amounts of prey items. Adults are opportunistic, omnivorous feeders eating what is most readily available. Adult crabs are active and consequently, where there are low densities of available food, they may swiftly migrate, by walking rapidly on the long legs, to a different and less exploited region where food is more abundant. This enable the adult crabs to exploit considerable areas of sea bottom.
How might it get here? The species was originally intentionally introduced to
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