The crab abdomen, which is folded under the body.
An unbaited pot is placed in a barren area where the crab goes for a place to hide.
Buck and rider:
A pair of mating crabs; a doubler.
A crab past the paper-shell stage but not in the true hard-shell condition; approximately 12 to 24 hours after the shed.
Soft crab with the claws missing.
Molting crab beginning to emerge from its shell.
The top part of the shell that is removed to clean the crab.
Channeler or chandler:
Large male that remains in the deeper channels of the bay or river.
Dead man’s fingers:
The gills, located under the carapace or top shell.
Fat crab (also green crab):
Refers to a crab approaching the molting stage and showing a white-rim color sign within the margins of two outer segments of the swimming legs. Also describes any crab, between the buckram and peeler stages, with firm meat.
White-rim crab. Sometimes the raw (uncooked) crab.
Crab with a hard shell; following the buckram condition.
Jimmy crab, Jimmy dick, Jimmy channeler:
A very large male crab.
Male crab is tethered swimming on a string to catch a female.
Seasonal method for catching female crabs that did not reach terminal molt the year before. Two or three Jimmies are placed in a pot to attract females. Used during the last two weeks in May.
Describes dredging for crabs. A dredge is drawn across the bottom to catch wintering crabs or summer soft shells.
Yellow substance in a cooked crab under the carapace. It is part of the crab’s digestive system.
Nicking or breaking a crab:
Break a moveable finger of the claws to prevent its use.
A crab past the soft-shell stage but not yet a buckram. Approximately nine to 12 hours after the molt.
Hard crab that has a fully formed soft shell beneath. A red sign crab.
Pink sign (rim) crab:
Following the white sign condition. A thin pink line along the inner border of the back fin (paddle) about one week before the molt.
Rank or rank peeler:
Red sign peeler approximately two hours before busting.
Immature female, the apron is still attached. She-crab.
Either the empty shell or the process of casting off the shell.
Crab that has just shed its old shell and now has a soft pliable shell before hardening.
A mature female.
Female crab carrying an egg mass, berried crab, busted sook, cushion crab, lemon bellie, lemon crab.
The final molt, usually associated with the female because, at this time, mating takes place while in the soft-shell state.
One that smells of iodoform, probably because of eating a marine bottom animal called Balanoglossus.