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« on: April 19, 2015, 07:08:25 PM »

Caught a 5-inch peekytoe yesterday and figured I'd throw it in the basket.  I steamed it up with the others last night with no seasoning.  The crab was not full of meat the way a "brick" blue crab might be, but the shells are softer, making both he body meat and claw meat easier to get to.  The meat was flakier than a blue's and tasted great (but not better).  Unlike a blue crab, the claw meat was very much like the body meat.

If you happen to catch some, I'd say it's worth throwing them in the basket with the blues.  Of course, if I don't live through the night, you might want to re-think that last piece of advice.   Wink Grin
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 07:38:58 PM »

Is the Peekytoe the same as a green crab which is used for tog?
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 07:49:36 PM »

I enjoy eating them.
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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 08:13:01 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2015, 10:19:44 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2015, 04:36:19 AM »

Is the Peekytoe the same as a green crab which is used for tog?

No, the Peeky Toe Crab, is an Atlantic Rock Crab (Cancer Irroratus), and looks very similar to the Jonah Crab (Cancer Borealis). Both are brown colored and much smaller, but appear somewhat similar to their much larger cousin, the Dungeness Crab (Metacarcinus magister, formerly Cancer Magister) of the west coast. The Peeky Toe reaches a size of 5.2 inches and can be found along the Atlantic shoreline, with the Jonah Crab being roughly the same size, but which usually inhabits much deeper waters. All of these crabs have 9 to 10 "teeth" on one side of their top shell. Peeky Toes and Jonahs have been regularly used in a lot of "All You Can Eat" buffets as a cheap source of crab as they're generally by catch and don't cost anywhere near the price of Blue Crabs.  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancer_irroratus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonah_crab

The Green Crab, aka European Shore Crab, (Carcinus Maenas) which some have referred to as "the Cockroach of the Sea" is the one generally sold as Tog bait, growing to a max of about 3.5 inches. They're deep green and sometimes mottled with black, and have only 5 "teeth" on one side of their top shell. They're considered an invasive species as well as a maritime pest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcinus_maenas
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2015, 12:06:07 PM »

Thank you for that info. I've never caught them in my part of the Barny bay.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2015, 03:55:24 AM »

Does it taste the same in blue crab?
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