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An illustration of a Deplector from The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island
Alternate names Reaper
Species Deplector
Length 8 feet (females)[1]
4 feet (males)[1]
Allies Other Deplectors, Carnictis, Weta-rex, Arachno-claw
Played by CGI
First appearance King Kong (2005)

Deplector is a fictional species of terrestrial crab that first appeared in the 2005 film King Kong.


Female Deplectors are huge land crabs with gray armor on their whole bodies, with 12-foot-long antennae and 6-foot-long claws. Males are much smaller than females but slightly bigger than newborn females, and they are small, pale, soft-shelled, and defenseless.


Deplectors were land crabs that lived in the cracks and crevices of Skull Island. While they lacked eyes, the Deplectors used their antennae to locate prey, mainly Vultursauruses that flew in giant flocks at night, and often would eat about a dozen at a time. Deplectors used a sticky anchor cord to keep them fastened to the rock walls as they hunted; however, they could be severed at will. Females laid hundreds of eggs at a time, and they all left into the chasm after hatching. Male Deplectors are noticeably dwarfed by females, and never leave their larval stage. Instead, they inhabit a female's cave and fertilize their eggs.


King Kong (2005)

While the Venture crew members were fighting with the monsters from the bug pit, a Deplector grabbed a Venture crew member with its claws and killed him inside its cave.

Video games

  • Minecraft: Bedrock Edition (2011; added in 2024) Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Fire OS/TV, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Samsung Gear VR



Female Deplectors have a pair of huge strong claws.


Female Deplectors have a strong armor all over their bodies.


  • Deplectors live in caves.[2]
    • As a result of their smaller size and weakness compared to female Deplectors, male Deplectors live at the back of these caves, while the females inhabit the area near the entrance.


This is a list of references for Deplector. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Falconer, Daniel, Weta Workshop (22 November 2005). The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island. Pocket Star. ISBN 978-1-4165-0519-8.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)


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