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The last week of July we caught several of these crabs in Netarts Bay. This was the first time we ever got this variety. They look somewhat like the common red rock crab, but different.



Here's compared to the red rock crab (on right)





So, any idea as to what species this crab is?

[ 08-12-2003, 11:19 PM: Message edited by: garyk ]
 

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I'll take a stab at it. The one on the left is the spotted commercial crab or red rock crab, Cancer antennarius. The one on the right is the large red crab, Cancer productus . The red rock crab has distinct red dots on the underside of the carapace while the red crab has reddish-orange blotches underneath. Otherwise both look very similar.

[ 08-12-2003, 11:22 PM: Message edited by: Crashin' Bait ]
 

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I think it is one of those european green crabs. not positive though. Check out www.wa.gov/wdfw for more info on them. I know in Washington the department is asking you to destroy or remove them from the water.
 
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