Jonah crab

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Jonah crab
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Infraorder: Brachyura
Family: Cancridae
Genus: Cancer
Species: C. borealis
Binomial name
Cancer borealis
Stimpson, 1859

The Jonah crab, Cancer borealis, is a species of crab found on the Atlantic coast of North America. It is known for its strong claws, although it is not a very aggressive species.[1] It has been fished on a small scale since the 1970s, with less than 1,500 tonnes being caught annually.[2]


  1. ^ "Jonah crab". Biomes Marine Biology Center. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved August 8, 2006. 
  2. ^ "FAO catches list". FishBase. Retrieved August 8, 2006.