Scientific name: Cancer pagurus
Also known as the brown crab, this large crab is found around all UK shores and is identifiable by the distinctive pie-crust edge to its brown shell.
StatisticsWidth of body: 10-20cm
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutThe edible crab is a large crab, brown in colour apart from black tips on the end of its claws. It is sometimes known as the brown crab. They have a thick, oval shaped shell (carapace) with a distinctive pie crust edge.
They live on the lower shore and out under the sea to about 100m depth. On rocky shores, they are normally hidden away under boulders. It is an active predator and will feast on mussels, whelks and even smaller crabs. They are also known to dig for prey such as razor clams and otter shells.