Edible Crab - Cancer Pagurus
Has a heavy armoured oval shaped body whish is a reddish brown in colour.
The massive black tipped pincers are extreamly strong.
Can grow up to 25 cm across the shell.
Found along all British and Irish coasts. Found on bedrock including under boulders, mixed coarse grounds, and offshore in muddy sand. Lower shore, shallow sublittoral and offshore to about 100 m.
Also known as the brown crab, pie crab or pasty crab, due to the shell shape. Each year, about 10,000 tonnes are landed for the English Channel fishery.