pea crab

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pea crab

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(Animals) any of various globular soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres and related genera that live commensally in the mantles of certain bivalves
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Noun1.pea crab - tiny soft-bodied crab living commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve mollusks
crab - decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers
genus Pinnotheres, Pinnotheres - type genus of the family Pinnotheridae: pea crabs
oyster crab, Pinnotheres ostreum - tiny soft-bodied crab living within the mantle cavity of oysters
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Additionally, voucher specimens of Pinnaxodes chilensis and Pinnotheres pisum were studied from material deposited in the Laboratorio de Invertebrados of the Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Baja California (UABC) and the Smithsonian Institution (USNM).
Pinnotheres pisum, "coast of France" UABC; Pinnaxodes chilensis, Albatross R/V, station 2786 (46[degrees]46'00"S, 75[degrees]16'30"W), 104 m depth, Peninsula Taitao, Gulf of Penas, 8 Feb 1888, 1 male, USNM 22112; same, 1 female, USNM 49238; 2 females, 'coast of Chile' in Loxechinus albus (Molina, 1782), UABC.