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snow crab

n.
Any of several edible spider crabs of the genus Chionoecetes of the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, especially C. opilio.

[Probably from the fact that they live in northern seas and are typically fished in winter .]

snow crab

n
(Animals) Canadian an edible crab with long thin legs found off the coasts of Eastern Canada

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n.
an edible spider crab of the N Pacific, Chionoecetes opilio, commercially important as a seafood product.
[1955–60]
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Results of a bottom trawl survey of Grooved Tanner Crab, Chionoecetes tanneri Rathbun, stocks off the coast of Vancouver Island, July 21-Aug 3, 1999.
Chionoecetes, Lithodes, Cancer) exhibit allometric growth of the chelae at the pubertal molt, after which they are classified as morphometrically mature and are distinguishable by an increase in the slope and intercept of the ratio of chela height (ChH) to CW (ChH:CW) (Somerton, 1980; Somerton and Macintosh, 1983; Comeau and Conan, 1992; Stevens, et al.
3 All crabs 2 3 Majidae Oregoniidae, Chionoecetes bairdi Chionoecetes opilio 3 Hyas lyratus 2 All Sipuncula 3 All Echiuridae 19 27 All Bryozoa Clypeasteroida, sand dollar 2 All Ascidiacea, tunicates 7 Chelysoma spp.
1988, 1993) showed that in Chionoecetes opilio (Fabricius, 1788), spermatophore dehiscence occurs through uptake of water when the spermatophore is exposed to seawater.
Yamanaka D, Sakuramoto K, Suzuki S, Nagasawa T (2007) Catch forecasting and relationship between water temperature and catch fluctuations in snow crab Chionoecetes opilio in the western Sea of Japan.
This crustacean, Chionoecetes opilio, is a new extension to the existing range of snow and king crab products and seen as the primary snow crab species in the seafood industry.
Apparently the adoption of the name "queen crab" for Chionoecetes opilio caught off of Newfoundland was a point of contention in the United States.
Phil's boat is but one of scores of fishing vessels that set out each prime time season for Chionoecetes opilio crab, known more commonly as snow crab.