Photographer Amy Herold gets ready for Crab season.
Definition: True crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting “tail” (Greek: βραχύς / brachys = short,οὐρά / οura = tail), or where the reduced abdomen is entirely hidden under the thorax. Many other animals with similar names – such as hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs and crab lice – are not true crabs.
Sexual dimorphism: Males often have larger claws, a tendency which is particularly pronounced in the fiddler crabs of the genus Uca (Ocypodidae). In fiddler crabs, males have one claw which is greatly enlarged and which is used for communication, particularly for attracting a mate. Another conspicuous difference is the form of the pleon (abdomen); in most male crabs, this is narrow and triangular in form, while females have a broader, rounded abdomen. This is due to the fact that female crabs brood fertilised eggs on their pleopods.
Preparing Dungeness Crab: Boil 10 quarts water with 1/4 cup kosher salt. Add 4 live crabs. Bring water back to a rolling boil, cook for 15 minutes. Rince under cool water. Crack, dip and enjoy with a chilled glass of Chardonnay. Crab season starts in November.