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Latin nameCancer pagurus
Size – Shell up to 25cm wide
Habitat – Young crabs live on the lower shore and adults live further out to sea

The shell of this crab has a distinctive pie-crust edge and black-tipped claws.  It uses these extremely powerful claws to crush the shells of the animals that it preys upon.  This crab is caught by fishermen and gets its name because it is nice to eat!

Edible crab

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Edible crabs are eaten by us humans – but this is only allowed if they are over a certain legal size, so they have time to mature and reproduce. These crabs can grow up to a whopping 25cm! Photo by Hans Hillewaert.

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