Common crab

Common crab

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Caption: Common crab. Underside of the Common or Rock crab (Cancer pagurus), also known as the Edible crab for its tasty meat. With a yellow-white underside and red-brown colour on top, the claw tips on its powerful pincers are black. The Common crab is a relative of the swimming crabs but lacks flattened paddles on its hind limbs and consequently it is only a moderate swimmer. It prefers to eat mussels but also feeds on worms, other molluscs, algae and carrion. It lives mostly around the shore on stone and gravel bottoms, ranging from the coasts of Norway, Britain, France and Portugal, through to the Mediterranean.

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Keywords: animal, cancer pagurus, common crab, crustacean, edible, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, pincer, pincers, rock, underbelly, underside, wildlife, zoology

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