Dungeness Crabs in Long Island Sound
In Summer 2017, four Dungeness Crabs (native to the North Pacific) were found in Long Island Sound by local fishermen.
Common Name: Dungeness Crab
Latin Name: Metacarcinus Magister or Cancer Magister
Size/weight: About 7.9 inches across and weights between 2 and 3 pounds.
Range: Dungeness Crabs are found in the Northern Pacific ocean, ranging from Central California to The Gulf of Alaska.
Habitat: Dungeness crabs prefer to reside in the muddy or sandy bottoms of salt water.
Diet: Clams or other crustaceans and small fish
Predators: Main predators include other crab species, halibut, dogfish, octopus and sea otters.
Description: Dungeness crabs have a broad, long, hard shell. They have five pairs of legs, the foremost pair of which ends in claws. They have purple, grayish-brown backs and cream-colored undersides.
Seafood Watch: The dungeness crab has a sustainable seafood rating of "Good Alternative" to overfished species or fish that is farmed in ways that harm other marine life or the environment.