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8 Incredibly Amazing Crab Varieties You Should Know



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Do you eat crabs? Crabs are among the most nutritious food in the world.Besides-the-edibility-factor-do-you-know-more-about-your-favorite-dish?

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Crabs are generally covered with a thick exoskeleton, composed primarily of calcium carbonate and armed with a single pair of chelae (claws). Crabs are found in all of the world's oceans, while many crabs live in freshwater and on land, particularly in tropical regions.

Let's see some of the World's most unique crabs. These crabs are amazingly unique in appearance. Check it out..




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Coconut Crab

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The coconut crab (Birgus latro) is a species of terrestrial hermit crab, also known as the robber crab or palm thief. It is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, and is probably at the upper size limit for terrestrial animals with exoskeletons in recent times, with a weight of up to 4.1 kg (9.0 lb). It can grow to up to 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in length from leg to leg. It is found on islands across the Indian Ocean and parts of the Pacific Ocean as far east as the Gambier Islands mirroring the distribution of the coconut palm; it has been extirpated from most areas with a significant human population, including mainland Australia and Madagascar.




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Snow Crabs

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Snow crabs are also known as queen crabs, spider crabs, opilio crabs and Chionoecetes – the genus name for these species. Snow crabs are commonly fished as a food source and snow crab legs are widely sold. The legal size for harvesting of a snow crab is 9.5 centimeters in carapace length. This allows for only the male snow crabs to be legally harvested. This is to help prevent overharvesting and extinction of the species.




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Fiddler Crab

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A fiddler crab, sometimes known as a calling crab, may be any of approximately 100 species of semi-terrestrial marine crabs which make up the genus Uca. As members of the family Ocypodidae, fiddler crabs are most closely related to the ghost crabs of the genus Ocypode. This entire group is composed of small crabs – the largest being slightly over two inches across.




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Dungeness Crab

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The Dungeness crab, Metacarcinus Magister (formerly Cancer magister), is a species of crab that inhabits eelgrass beds and water bottoms on the west coast of North America. It typically grows to 20 cm (7.9 in) across the carapace and is a popular seafood prized for its sweet and tender flesh.The six-legged crustacean is a popular foodstuff while in season, a period that begins in early December and generally runs through the spring.




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Rock Crabs

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Rock Crabs are aggressive monsters that look like harmless rocks while they are disguised, but when unsuspecting passers walk by, they attack; however, once their target leaves the nearby area, they are no longer aggressive. It should be noted that, unlike most other enemies and NPCs, rock crabs are not marked with yellow dots on the minimap; this is probably due to the fact that the crabs' appearance camouflages them as rocks




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Stone Crab

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The Florida stone crab, Menippe mercenaria, is a crab found in the western North Atlantic, from Connecticut to Belize, including Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, The Bahamas, and the East Coast. The stone crab's carapace is 5 to 6.5 inches (130 to 170 mm) wide. They are brownish red with gray spots and a tan underside, and have large and unequally sized chelae (claws) with black tips. In addition to the usual sexual dimorphism exhibited by crabs, the female Florida stone crabs have a larger carapace than males of a similar age, and males generally have larger chelae than females.




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Spider Crab

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The spider crab is one of the most widely recognized of all Rhode Island marine inhabitants. This long-legged crustacean is in fact a crab and not a spider as its name suggests. The carapace of this crab is round and spiny, with nine small spines running down the center of the back. Its tapered snout and short eyestalks are located on the rostrum, or tip of the carapace, which extends out in a shallow V-shaped notch. Spider crabs range in size, with adult males growing larger than juveniles and females.




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Christmas Island Red Crab

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The Christmas Island red crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Christmas Island red crabs are rather large crabs with the carapace measuring up to 116 millimetres (4.6 in) wide. The claws are usually of equal size, unless one becomes injured or detached, in which case the limb will regenerate.



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