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King Crab

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King crabs, also called stone crabs are a family of crab-like decapod crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas. King crab is an arthropod that is more closely related to spiders than crabs. King crab is a large edible crab of northern Pacific waters especially along the coasts of Alaska and Japan. Their large size means that many species are widely caught and sold as food. King crab has a domed carapace that is shaped like a horseshoe and a stiff pointed tail; a living fossil related to the wood louse. It has white meat which is extremely sweet and rich. They can grow up to 51 cm, on a diet of mollusks, annelid worms, and other invertebrates. They find these prey under the sand, where they spend most of their lives. In captivity, its diet should be supplemented with meaty items such as pieces of squid. Its mouth is located in the middle of the underside of the cephalothorax. A pair of pincers for seizing food are found on each side of the mouth. King crabs possess five pairs of book gills located just behind their appendages that allow them to breathe underwater, and can also allow them to breathe on land for short periods of time, provided the lungs remain moist.

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