Cancer pagurus

Cancer pagurus

Gigant Cancer pagurus

With the charming name ‘edible crab’ or ‘brown crab’, Cancer pagurus is a large species of crab found in the North Sea and North Atlantic Ocean. It is a robust crab of a reddish-brown colour, having an oval carapace with a characteristic "pie crust" edge and black tips to the impressice claws. A mature adult may have a carapace width up to 25 cm and weigh up to 3 kg.
Cancer pagurus is a nocturnal predator, targeting a range of molluscs and crustaceans. It is the subject of the largest crab fishery in Western Europe, centred on the coasts of the British Isles, with more than 60,000 tonnes caught annually. Around one-third of the weight of an adult edible crab is meat, of which one-third is white meat from the claws, and two-thirds is brown meat from the body. As food, male edible crabs are referred to as cocks and females as hens. Cocks have more sweet white meat; hens have more rich brown meat. The longevity is typically 25–30 years, although exceptional individuals may live up to 100 years.​