How to Distinguish from Similar Species: We often catch this species in the same deep San Juan Channel otter trawls as Paracrangon echinata. The two species look superficially similar but Paracrangon has only 4 walking legs, is not as strongly red, has a longer rostrum, and typically assumes a defensive cataleptic posture when threatened. Several other Lebbeus species have rounded ends on the pleura of abdominal segments 2 and 3.
Geographical Range: Circumboreal. Bering Sea to Puget Sound in our area.
Depth Range: Very low intertidal (juveniles) to 518 m
Habitat: Soft bottoms with sand, gravel, and shells
Kozloff 1987, 1996
General Notes and Observations: Locations, abundances, unusual behaviors:
This closeup dorsal view of the head (the animal is facing to the left) shows the supraorbital spines. Lebbeus groenlandicus has one supraorbital spine between the eye and the rostrum.
Photo by Dave Cowles, July 2008. Note the brown and
on the body and antennae.
This adult female is from the Sea of Okhotsk, Russian Far East. Photograph taken by Andrey Gontchar of the Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO). It was captured May 9, 2008 at a depth of 235 m near the coast of southwestern Kamchatka.
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Dave Cowles (2005): Created original page