Project Description

Edible Crab

Scientific name: Cancer pagurus
Size: Up to 15cm across the shell (in rare cases up to 25cm)
Colour: Pinkish brown with black tipped claws
Habitat: Rocky shores, in rock pools or under rocks

  • Also known as pasty crabs due to the crust like pattern around the edge of their shell.
  • They’re slower than other crabs due to their relatively short legs, but they make up for this by being very strong, with large claws.
  • They use their strength to crush and eat sea snails, such as top shells.
  • Despite being less aggressive than some crabs, they may still attack other creatures if put in a bucket with them.

Photo credit: Paul Naylor