The common and familiar edible crab (Cancer pagurus) is easily identified by its large black-tipped toothed pincers and characteristic ‘pie-crust’ edging. It is the largest crab in Britain, and the heavy oval-shaped body is reddish-brown in colour. Although most individuals measure around 15 cm in width, a specimen in the Natural History Museum in Paris has a width of 28.5 cm.



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