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Red king crab

Summary
The red king crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus), also called Kamchatka crab or Alaskan king crab, is a species of king crab native to cold waters in the North Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas, but also introduced to the Barents Sea. It grows to a leg span of , and is heavily targeted by fisheries. Description The red king crab is the largest species of king crab. Red king crabs can reach a carapace width up to , a leg span of , and a weight of . Males grow larger than females. Today, red king crabs infrequently surpass in carapace width and the average male landed in the Bering Sea weighs . It was named after the color it turns when it is cooked rather than the color of a living animal, which tends to be more burgundy. Distribution The red king crab is native cold waters in the North Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas, ranging from the Bering Sea south to the Gulf of Alaska, off the Kamchatka Peninsula, and in the Sea of Okhotsk and Sea of Ja
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