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Edible Crab Cancer Pagurus

With its brownish oval pie-crust body, the edible crab is easily recognisable as it scuttles about, though it is best glimpsed at under water.

Conservation status

Not threatened.

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Crabs have a rigid outer shell for protection and cannot increase in size without shedding this and expanding a replacement they have grown inside it. This new shell is soft for a short time during which it expands before hardening larger than the previous one to allow space for the crab to grow inside

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