Pie Crust Crab

August 22, 2017 1 min read

Pie Crust Crab

Pie Crust Crab, CANCER CRAB, RED ROCK CRAB (METACARCINUS NOVAEZELANDIAE)

This large crab can be found in large numbers in sheltered parts of the Otago Harbour and local inlets. It can crush cockles and other shellfish easily using its strong pincers. Males may be seen holding one or even two smaller females under their chins in order to protect them from predators including divers.

Carapace size is commonly seen at widths of up to 15cm.


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