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    that one i know is a hermit crab, i was wondering has anyone ever eaten these i never knew they got so big and well a crab leg is a crab leg i ate him up and it was the most delicious crab i have ever eaten, was like king crab but sweeter and juicier



    this one i am not sure what kind of crab it is i was hoping someone on here knew what it was

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    looks like a male decorator crab, Oregonia gracilis
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    from google images i dont think so unless this ones naked, it was caught at clam gulch

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    okay, based on where you found it it may more likely be a pacific lyre crab, Hyas lyratus
    post-molt the decorator crabs can be pretty "naked", as you mentioned, but the barnacles on the claws suggest it had not recently shed.

    good references are "Alaska's saltwater fishes and other sea life" by kessler, and "marine life of the pacific northwest" by lamb and hanby.

    btw, that hermit is one of the biggest i have ever seen!
    probably a widehand hermit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    okay, based on where you found it it may more likely be a pacific lyre crab, Hyas lyratus
    post-molt the decorator crabs can be pretty "naked", as you mentioned, but the barnacles on the claws suggest it had not recently shed.

    good references are "Alaska's saltwater fishes and other sea life" by kessler, and "marine life of the pacific northwest" by lamb and hanby.

    btw, that hermit is one of the biggest i have ever seen!
    probably a widehand hermit.
    maybe ill send the pic up to some folks at uaf and see what they can tell me about it and yes ive never seen one that size either, although i did see a dead one out of its shell nearly that size right before my son found that one, i saw the size of its main claw there and figured might as well try it, it steamed up nicely and was delicious

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    I vote hyas lyratus as well. They are a pretty neat crab, I did a bit of undergrad research on those guys. That is an impressive hermit too!
    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    yeah does definately look like some type of lyre crab

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    I think you have a widehand hermit and a longhorn decorator. The carapace looks too narrow to be a lyre.

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    I'll agree with bigfish.

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    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    yeah that certainly looks right, thanks for the info

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