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Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« on: September 21, 2021, 04:59:26 PM »
I've never seen this before but today's dig from mocrocs had about a dozen or so tiny little crabs inside the clams. Noticed them when I was cleaning them. What kind of crabs are these? About the size of a pinky fingernail or smaller.
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2021, 06:00:44 PM »
I think they are Pea Crabs.  At least that's what I've always heard them called. 
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2021, 06:08:06 PM »
I think they are Pea Crabs.  At least that's what I've always heard them called.
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2021, 07:30:53 PM »
Apparently clams get crabs, maybe they should be more careful!  :dunno: :chuckle:

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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2021, 08:14:29 AM »
Pea crabs. You'll find them in oysters, too. It's like a tiny crunchy treat.  :tup:
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2021, 09:16:57 AM »
Find them all the time in big butters, but they are orange. Up to the size of a quarter.

How big were the razors? I suspect they are on the larger size given the seasons or lack thereof. Probably makes more room for house guests.

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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2021, 11:16:42 AM »
The larger pea shaped crabs found in horse clams are a different species.  Their are also small crabs that live in varnish clams.
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2021, 12:17:43 PM »
Thanks erryone. Appreciated.

We did get some nice sized ones (and a coupla dinks too), and it makes sense that with the missed season last year there would be bigger ones.  :tup:

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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2021, 02:21:19 PM »
Once in a while I'll find a big leach in a clam.
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2021, 02:25:46 PM »
Once in a while I'll find a big leach in a clam.

There are leaches in Saltwater?
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2021, 09:19:06 AM »
Once in a while I'll find a big leach in a clam.

There are leaches in Saltwater?

Yup. There are many different kinds. The ones you find in razor clams are flat and about the color of clam flesh.  Crab leeches are kind of purplish in color. and look more like a worm. This photo is not of a razor clam leech, but look similar.
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2021, 09:27:36 AM »
Learn something new every day :tup:
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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2021, 09:49:31 AM »
We find those little white crabs inside of the Manilla clams we dig up in the San Juans as well. Extra flavor..

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Re: Tiny crabs inside razor clams - what are they?
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2021, 11:16:57 AM »
I've found little crabs in steamer clams. They looked like tiny dungeness crabs...Interesting topic
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