• Norwegian: trollkrabbe


The almost circular carapace can reach a diameter of 13-14 cm. It is covered by large spikes on both the dorsal shell side and the limbs. The color is usually brown or orange. The claws are slender, relative to the body size.


The deep sea king crabs flourish, despite the name, on 10 as well as on 800 meters depth. You may find on both hard and soft substrate.


It is widespread both in the western and eastern parts of the North Atlantic Ocean. It can be found anywhere along the Norwegian coast.