Velvet crab

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(Zool.) a European crab (Portunus puber). When adult the black carapace is covered with a velvety pile. Called also lady crab, and velvet fiddler.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The appointments of Brian Sutherland and David West as procurement managers underlines the importance Moray Seafoods places in the efficient sourcing of prawns (langoustine), and brown and velvet crab.
A buildup in hemolymph lactate levels under hypoxic conditions was described for the velvet crab Necora puber, and the levels were found to be significantly lower in water at 10[degrees]C than at 16[degrees]C (Whyman et al.
"Our Welsh spider crabs, velvet crab and lobster seem to be disappearing out of the country on their way to restaurants in Spain and France." He said Welsh crab is the best but admits that he could buy English crab at half the price.
I am assured by David McCandless, head of North East Sea Fisheries, that anglers will be able to take as many green soft and pure crabs, although the taking of edible and velvet crab will be banned.
We examined the following crabs: Nectocarcinus integrifons (Latreille) (red rock crab), Petrolisthes elongatus (Milne Edwards) (porcelain crab), Leptograpsus variegatus (Fabricius) (swift-footed shore crab), Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus) (green crab), Plagusia chabrus (Linnaeus) (speedy crab), and Nectocarcinus tuberculosus (Milne Edwards) (velvet crab).
However, the best fish for me to come off the beach was Stephen Ord's fine bass of 7lb gutted, which fell to Velvet Crab during an early morning session.
Experts from Hull University's biological sciences department have been researching the Teesmouth velvet crab population for three years.
Starters (all at pounds 4.95) included smoked salmon, velvet crab soup, stir-fried mussels with ginger and springonion, seafood fritto misto or goat's cheese and spinach salad with shallot and beetroot 'fondue'.
Hughie Thompson took a cod of 10lb 2oz on velvet crab and mussel from the Needle's Eye.