Project Description

The spiny lithode crab (Acantholithodes hispidus) can be found in fairly shallow water, like this one at Willis Point, to over 800 feet (245 m) deep.  This crab has its carapace, claws and legs covered with spines tipped with hair which give it a fuzzy or bristly appearance.  The spiny lithode crab has orange claws with white molar-like dentitions. The carapace of this crab can be up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across, and it has a range from northern Alaska to central California.