Saturday, December 26, 2009

King Crab Revisited

Recently, an article appeared in Science Daily about the discovery of 4 new King Crab Species. The new species are Paralomis nivosa from the Philippines, Paralomis makarovi from the Bering Sea, Paralomis alcockiana from South Carolina, and Lithodes galapagensis from the Galapagos archipelago. This, according to the article, brings the number of crab species called "King Crab" to 113 with these additions.

(This info comes from the University of Southampton in England. England, where all that climate change controversy is coming from.)

What we know:

Up til now, the Paralomis family of crab have been usually referred to as "False King Crab" as they are from the Snow Crab Family. (Type "False King Crab" with or without quotes into Google)

Alaska King Red Crab "Paralithodes camtschaticus" is the "Real Deal". The Red King Crab and Blue King Crab from Alaska & Siberia are the largest "King Crab" Species and from where the moniker came from.

The next smaller King Crab Species are from the Lithodes family. In addition to the newly found Lithodes galapagensis from the Galapagos, this also includes Lithodes Santolla from Chile (Antarctic King Crab - Now popular in warehouse clubs and some seafood shops) and Lithodes aequispinus or Alaska Golden King Crab from the Aleutian Island Chain and Siberia. These crab are tasty, but quite small (about 33% of the size of a Red & Blue King Crab.)

With the exception of "Sea Bass" and perhaps "Rock Lobster", these additions are sure to create some mayhem if and when they reach the supermarket or fish counter. Imagine, instead of watching "Deadliest Catch", we could now be watching a new series called "Sunniest Catch" as bold King Crabbers off the South Carolina coast sun themselves with bikini clad helpers while waiting to bring up pots full of "Paralomis alcockiana", (Snow Crab) now known as "King Crab"! (I just could not resist sharing this mental image with you!)

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