Chaceon quinquedens

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Chaceon quinquedens
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C. quinquedens
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Chaceon quinquedens
(Smith, 1879)

Chaceon quinquedens, commonly known as the Atlantic deep sea red crab, or simply Atlantic red crab or red crab is a crab that lives in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States and Canada, from North Carolina to Nova Scotia.[1][2]

The crab is commercially fished as food; the National Marine Fisheries Service annual quota is 3.95 million pounds.[1] The species resembles a snow crab from Alaska.[2] According to the Virginia Marine Products Board, the average weight of the crab is about one to two pounds, and the average size is "1-2 lbs. or 5 to 7 inches (12.5cm-17.5cm) across the back of the shell."[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Red Crab: Chacean quinquedens". Virginia Marine Products Board.
  2. ^ a b Julie Ball (April 23, 2009). "What in the World is a RED CRAB?". Virginian Pilot.