oyster crab


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oyster crab

n.
A small crab (Zaops ostreum syn. Pinnotheres ostreum) of the western Atlantic Ocean that lives inside the shell of a bivalve mollusk, especially an oyster.

oyster crab

n
(Animals) any of several small soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres, esp P. ostreum, that live as commensals in the mantles of oysters

oys′ter crab`


n.
any small, thin-shelled crab of the family Pinnotheridae: the female lives as a commensal in the gill cavity of bivalves.
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Noun1.oyster crab - tiny soft-bodied crab living within the mantle cavity of oystersoyster crab - tiny soft-bodied crab living within the mantle cavity of oysters
genus Pinnotheres, Pinnotheres - type genus of the family Pinnotheridae: pea crabs
pea crab - tiny soft-bodied crab living commensally in the mantles of certain bivalve mollusks
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The oyster crab, Pinnotheres ostreum say, in the vicinity of Beaufort, North Carolina.
Life-history and biology of the oyster crab, Pinnotheres oslreum say.