Top 10: What are the biggest crustaceans

You'd struggle to stick even one of these shrimp on the barbie!

24th July 2016
Top 10: What are the biggest crustaceans © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus

10. Euphausiid (krill)

Euphausiid (krill) © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 15cm

Distribution: Antarctic Ocean

9. Giant acorn barnacle

Giant acorn barnacle © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 30cm

Distribution: Coast of northwest America

8. Giant tiger prawn

Giant tiger prawn © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 33cm

Distribution: Indian Ocean and West Pacific

7. Alicella gigantea

Alicella gigantea © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 34cm

Distribution: Kermadec Trench, New Zealand

6. Zebra mantis shrimp

Zebra mantis shrimp © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 40cm

Distribution: Indo-Pacific region

4= Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish

Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 80cm

Distribution: Rivers and streams in Tasmania

4= Tasmanian monster crab

Tasmanian monster crab © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Leg span: 80cm

Distribution: Oceans off southern Australia

3. Coconut crab

Coconut crab © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Leg span: 1m

Distribution: Indian Ocean and Central Pacific Ocean

2. American lobster

American lobster © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Length: 1m

Distribution: Atlantic Ocean around North America

1. Japanese spider crab

Japanese spider crab © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

Leg span: 4m

Distribution: Pacific Ocean around southern Japan

Images © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus 

 


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