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Dungeness crab

Information & Facts

Dungeness crab - Photo courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service Species Name
Dungeness crab
(Cancer magister)

Size Range
Average 6-7 inches, can grow to 10 inches

Description
One of the most popular items on Washington seafood menus is the Dungeness crab. This hardshelled crustacean is fished from the Aleutian Islands to Mexico. The shell is purple-tinged, gray or brown on the back and the tips of the claws are typically white. The Dungeness crab can reach ten inches across the back though six to seven inches is more common. In Puget Sound this crab is most abundant north of Seattle, in Hood Canal, and near the Pacific coast. The Dungeness crab is frequently associated with eelgrass beds and prefers sandy or muddy substrates.

For rules, seasons and more identifcation on Dungeness crab see: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/crab/