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Fish Crab Rock
Cancer irroratus, common name the Atlantic rock crab, or peekytoe crab, is a crab in the genus Cancer. Other local names are Maine crab, bay crab, sand crab and mud crab. It has nine marginal teeth on the front edge of the carapace beside each eye. Distribution A molted carapace of Cancer irroratus from Long Beach, New York. This crab species occurs on the eastern coast of North America, from Labrador to South Carolina.[1] Rock crabs live over a large depth range, from well above the low tide line to as deep as 2,600 feet (790 m). Description These crabs are similar in color to, and overlap in size with, the Jonah crab. They can be distinguished from that species because they have larger marginal teeth. They also have a wider range, and are more common in some locations. Both species are edible, but because the Jonah crab can reach a much larger size and has a much larger claw size, the Jonah crab is more intensely fished. Fisheries The rock crab has recently become a popular culinary item. The coining of the name "peekytoe crab," referring to the fact that the legs are "picked" (a Maine colloquialism meaning "curved inward"). Until about 1997, they were considered a nuisance species by the lobster industry because they would eat the bait from lobster traps. Source