How to tell the difference between male and female crab
Published: 02-Oct-2012 (02:53); Viewed: 3102; Difficulty: 1 out of 10
Make and female crabs are different in they content and taste. Female crabs often can have some roe (the main picture shows the female crab with young roe), while male crabs have more massive claws with plenty of white meat. It is very important to known, whet you are buying and what you will have on the plate. It is possible to tell the difference between male and female crabs by they claws, by they shell (crab carapace), and by they Abdomen. The easiest way to identify them, is to use the form of crab's abdomen. Originally, I think this is a good biological article, but now I think this is more related with culinary.
One of these crabs is male and another one is female, and we should know, how to clearly identify them.
We should turn crabs upside-down and check the crab sternum with abdomen (pleon).
Female crab's abdomen is very wide. The width of the abdomen is slightly smaller than its length and it looks rounded.
Male crab's abdomen is long. The width of the abdomen is few times smaller than its length, and it looks triangular.
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At the beginning, when you are not sure, it is better to buy male and female crabs and compare they structure and taste.