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The edible crab is the 'muscle (wo)man' among the crabs. It is very wide, has large claws, a thick carapace and trusts its sturdy body to protect it from enemies. Edible crabs eat everything, however they are specialized in cracking shellfish. Their pincers are slow but strong. They can easily crack a pencil. The edible crab is the only crab species of commercial interest in the Netherlands. The meat in the claws is considered a true delicacy in some countries.


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