Coastal Crabs: Green Crab

Photo of Green Crab shell

Green Crabs (Carcinus maenas) can be identified readily by the pattern of teeth on their shells: five marginal teeth on each side and three frontal teeth between the eyes. Jonah and Atlantic Rock Crabs have many more spines and grow to larger sizes (~5-6" shells compared to ~3" for Green Crab). Shell color is variable but is often dark green in living crabs. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

4 thoughts on “Coastal Crabs: Green Crab”

  1. My daughter and I ate some last year. The best ones are the females that have the eggs inside the shell. They are pretty good steamed and when you open them up and find the eggs it’s a bonus as there is very little meat. Don’t overcook them!

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