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Snow crab

Order Anomura
Family Lithodidae

Medium-sized marine crustacean, with a maximum carapace size of 115 mm. Body crab-shaped. Carapace spiny, strongly calcified; rostrum spine-like; first legs with pincers (chelipeds); right cheliped generally stronger developed than left cheliped; legs 2, 3 and 4 well developed, fifth reduced. Abdomen asymmetrical. Sternite located between first pair of walking legs without deep, longitudinal medial groove.

FAO code
Paralomis granulosa
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Chilenische Königskrabbe
China 软壳拟结节蟹
France Crabe royal hérisson
Italy Granchio imperatore
United Kingdom Snow crab
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