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Alternative names Spanner crab, red frog crab
Course Main course
Place of origin Philippines
Region or state Zamboanga
Serving temperature Hot
Cookbook:Curacha  Curacha

Curacha also known as spanner crab or red frog crab is a local Chavacano name given to a sea crab species found in Sulu provinceZamboanga. It is uniquely found in the deep-waters of Jolo and nowhere else in the world. Curacha abound in waters of Sulu but not Zamboanga. It is known as "Kagang Pamah in Tausug. It is a hybrid crustacean, with crossbreed characteristics of a large sea crab and a big spiny lobster. It is a large crab with a red color, which stays the same in color even when cooked. The crab is usually steamed or boiled so its flavor is preserved. Unlike most crabs whose majority of meat can be found in their claws, the mother-load of the curacha's meat is found in its body.[1] A similar species exists in other countries, known as Ranina ranina.