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Yellow Crab

Cancer anthonyi

Yellow CrabDavid R. Andrew ~ the-world-underwater.com


  • Carapace smooth, hairless, and slightly domed
  • Claws black-tipped, the black extending less than halfway up the top edge of the moveable finger
  • Orange blotch on inside of claw.


  • Humboldt Bay, California to Bahia Magdalena, Baja California


  • Found on open sand bottoms in southern California and largely confined to bays and estuaries in the northern part of its range


  • Scavenger for anything large claw can crush including echinoderms, snails, and clams

Interesting Facts

  • Three rock crab species found along the California coastline, Yellow crab, Red Rock crab and the Brown Rock (or Pacific) crab