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Edible crab

size:

carapace up to 25 centimeters

weight:

up to 6 kilograms

color:

orange-red with black tips on the claws

age:

20-50 years, some people say even 100 years

food:

omnivore: mostly shellfish but also carrion

enemies:

seals, cod and other fish, man

reproduction:

sexual

  • Dut: Noordzeekrab
  • Lat: Cancer pagurus
  • Eng: Edible crab
  • Ger: Taschenkrebs
  • Dan: Taskekrabbe
Edible crab, Ecomare

Edible crab

The edible crab is the 'muscle (wo)man' among the crabs. It is very wide, has large claws, a thick carapace and trusts its sturdy body to protect it from enemies. Edible crabs eat everything, however they are specialized in cracking shellfish. Their pincers are slow but strong. They can easily crack a pencil. The edible crab is the only crab species of commercial interest in the Netherlands. The meat in the claws is considered a true delicacy in some countries.

  • Distribution and habitat
    Edible crab, Ecomare

    The edible crab is common along the coasts of the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea between 25 and 300 meters deep. Only young specimen are found close to the coast.†It lives mostly on rocky bottoms, stones and wrecks.