Paralomis multispina

Alternate names: Oregon hair crab, spiny paralomis

Author: Benedict, 1894


General: Carapace as wide as long. Scarlet red with thick, blunt spines on the carapace and legs; spines longer and closer together than P. verilli. Rostrum with a simple medial spine and two basal spines. Specimens from Monterey Canyon had parasitic/commensal caprellids (Caprella bathytatos) on the mouth parts.

Size: Carapace length to 8 cm.

Geographic Information

Habitat description: Benthic.

Ocean range (global): North Pacific: British Columbia Canada, Bering Sea to San Diego, CA. Russia and Japan.

Published depth range: 600 - 1665 m

Additional Information

Consulting taxonomist: Mary Wicksten, Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Donaldson, W. and S. Byersforfer (2005). Biological field techniques for lithodid crabs. Alaska Sea Grant Program, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. 76 pp.

Citation: Paralomis multispina (Benedict, 1894) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-05.
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