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Edible crab

Order Decapoda
Family Cancridae

Marine decapod crustacean. Slightly granular and oval carapace. The first pair of thoracic legs ends in robust pincers. The remaining 4 pairs of legs are hairy. Color changes between pink and brown. It can weigh up to 6 kg.

FAO code
Cancer pagurus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Taschenkrebs
France Tourteau
Italy Granciporro
Portugal Sapateira
United Kingdom Edible crab
Fishing areas
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