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Crab is the general name given to many decapod (ten legged) crustaceans of the suborder reptantia (walking). They are mainly marine, but some live in fresh water, and a few on land. Crabs are enclosed in hard rigid shells; like all crustaceans this is shed at intervals to permit growth. which has to be removed to reach the meat; this is white and firm textured in the legs, and soft, brown and rich in the body section.
The only inedible parts of the innards are stomach sac and gills (generally called dead men's fingers) - but neither is poisonous. In the photographs above, we show the Edible Crab/Brown/Common in the photograph - the most common found in British waters. See also 'Crab, Blue'; 'Crab, Green'; 'Crab, Hermit'; 'Crab, Horseshoe'; 'Crab, to kill'; 'Crab, Oyster'; 'Crab, Soft-Shell'; 'Spider Crab'; 'Start Bay'; 'Traditional Events'.