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King crab

King crab

Various species of king crab (Paralomis zealandica) are found in cool waters around the world. This extra-spiky species is only found off New Zealand’s east coast, from the southern North Island to the Campbell Plateau, where it lives on sandy bottoms at around 600 metres deep.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Deep-sea creatures - Sea-floor life', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 November 2021)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 12 Jun 2006