Top 10: What are the biggest crustaceans

Top 10: What are the biggest crustaceans?

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

1

Japanese spider crab

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Leg span: 4m

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Distribution: Pacific Ocean around southern Japan

2

American lobster

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Length: 1m

Distribution: Atlantic Ocean around North America

3

Coconut crab

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Leg span: 1m

Distribution: Indian Ocean and Central Pacific Ocean

4

Tasmanian monster crab

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Leg span: 80cm

Distribution: Oceans off southern Australia

5

Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish

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Length: 80cm

Distribution: Rivers and streams in Tasmania

6

Zebra mantis shrimp

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Length: 40cm

Distribution: Indo-Pacific region

7

Alicella gigantea

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Length: 34cm

Distribution: Kermadec Trench, New Zealand

8

Giant tiger prawn

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Length: 33cm

Distribution: Indian Ocean and West Pacific

9

Giant acorn barnacle

Giant acorn barnacle © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus

Length: 30cm

Distribution: Coast of northwest America

10

Euphausiid (krill)

Euphausiid (krill) © Chris Philpott/BBC Focus

Length: 15cm

Distribution: Antarctic Ocean


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