What is the largest species of crab that we eat?



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    The largest species of crab that is eaten is the Giant Japanese Spider Crab, Macrocheira kaempferi.  It can have a leg span of up to 12 feet.  They are generally found in the Pacific Ocean near Japan at depths of 150-1000 feet.  They are generally caught in the Sagami, Tosa, and Suruga Bays, or around the Izu Islands.             [img_assist|nid=190965|title=|desc=|link=none|align=none|width=295|height=165]

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    The largest species of commerically farmed crabs is the Metacarcinus magister (colloquially known as the Dugeness Crab). They are much smaller than the aforementioned Japanese Spider Crab, but as far as commercial farms go, they are giants, measuring in at a whopping 23cm shell carapace (whereas most traditionally farmed crab species average somewhere around the 16cm mark).

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