Golden king crab
Golden king crab (lat. Lithodes aequispinus) belongs to cancers, but it is a crablike due to external similarities. The fifth pair of limbs (which he hides under the abdomen) indicates its true origin. It has its name thanks to thorns of the same size, evenly covering a carapace and claws on both sides.
It lives in the Barents and the Okhotsk seas, along the coast of the Kuril and Aleutian Islands, as well as in Sakhalin and Hokkaido. This crab prefers the depth from 100 to 600 m. It almost does not migrate, because the water temperature is constant and there is no need to go to warmer places in winter. It is a predator that eats crustaceans, molluscs, worms.
The crab can be of different colours: from light-yellow to dark-brown with a reddish shade; also there exist albinos and crabs of mixed colours. This is one of the biggest kinds of crab: a carapace diameter can reach 16 cm, and a weight can be 6.5 kg. Of course, due to such dimensions it is a valuable object of catching.
Meat of this crab is slightly different from the King crab meat: when boiled it has its unique aroma that influences the flavouring qualities.