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Damselfish

Damselfish

The Cherry Anthias

The Cherry Anthias

Moroccan white seabream

Moroccan white seabream

Two-banded seabream

Two-banded seabream

Thicklip grey mullet

Thicklip grey mullet

Black sea cucumber

Black sea cucumber

Blackbelt hogfish

Blackbelt hogfish

Dusky grouper

Dusky grouper

Japanese pinecone fish

Japanese pinecone fish

Garpike

Garpike

Spiny king crab

Spiny king crab

Facts

LatinParalomis hystrix
Size30 cm
FoodScavenger and carrion-eater on the seabed
HabitatBottom-dweller at 180-400 metres
IUCN

Not evaluated

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Spiny armour

The spiny king crab’s striking shell has a special protective function. In addition to being hard, the many spines on the surface also make it difficult for predators to grab hold of it and eat it.

The binman of the seabed

The spiny king crab is the binman of the seabed. It crawls around in the mud, eating starfish, dead fish if it’s lucky, and any other animal it comes across. It cleans the seabed by eating the carrion.