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Dungeness Crab, Cancer magister

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The Dungeness crab, Cancer magister, is an important commercial species in the family Cancridae. They range from the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea to Santa Barbara, California. Their preferred habitat is sandy bottom and in eelgrass beds, subtidally from low intertidal to 230 meters, where they are often buried during daylight hours. They measure to 230 mm (9 inches).

Scientific name: Latin cancer (a crab) and magister (chief, magistrate).

 

Digital photo by Jan Haaga. References (a complete list) in the text include: Jensen (1995), Williams et al. (1988), Barr (1983), or Hart (1982).

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