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King Crab   Paralithodes Camtschaticus 


King crabs are the primary shellfish species harvested from Alaska, Japan, Australia, Argentina, etc.  The largest specie of crab is the King Crab and they can grow as large as 6 feet and weight over 10 pounds.  Usually, the King crab is marketed in a single leg and claw pack graded by the number of legs per 10 pounds.  Typical count would be 6/9, 9/12, 12/14, 14/17, and 17/20. They are generally sold in 20 lb cartons. 

Snow Crab   Queen Crab 


The Snow Crab ( Chionoecetes )  is also known as the Queen Crab because their legs is comparable but smaller than the King Crab. These crabs can measure 3 feet and weight up to 5 pounds. Snow crabs are normally marketed in sections or cluster. The section are graded by weight from 5 to 8 ounces or 8 ounces and up.  The Dungeness crab ( Metacarcinus Magister ) is a favorite in restaurants throughout the county. Dungeness are found from California to the eastern Aleutian Islands off Alaska. Only males with a minimum shell width of 6-1/4 inches are harvested commercially.

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