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Dungeness Crab



Species Description
Dungeness Crab



Photo by Tom Eckles
The Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister) can attain a width of 9 inches across the back and has White-tipped pincers on the claws. The top edges of the claws and upper pincers are prominently sawtoothed, there being more than a dozen teeth along each edge. The color is light reddish brown on the back with a purplish wash anteriorly in some species. In this area, crab season usually begins in mid-November and, technically, runs to June or July, depending on location. However, 80 percent of the local Dungeness Crab is brought in by the end of December. So, to get the biggest, sweetest, freshest crabs, enjoy them before the winter is over. The rock crab (C. antennarius) and the red crab (C. productus) are also seen in northern California.

To see current dates for crab season, click here. To see additional information on crabs from the California Department of Fish and Game, click here.


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