The Blue Crab at a Glance
; SCIENTIFIC NAME: Callinectes sapidus
means “beautiful savory swimmer.”
; APPEARANCE: The back of the blue
crab is dark or brownish green. The
abdomen and lower legs are white.
Blue crab claws are various shades
of blue, but the claw tips of the
female are red.
; SIZE: The largest recorded blue
crab caught in the Chesapeake Bay
measured 10.72 inches and weighed
; LIFE EXPECTANCY: 3-4 years.
; RANGE: Nova Scotia to Argentina.
SOURCES: MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES,
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION.
14 Summer 2012 ; cbf.org