Lagoon Crab

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Lagoon Crab a name given in various parts of the world to crabs inhabiting lagoons or living a mainly terrestrial life on the banks of lagoons. Generally, these are of little importance as food. However, one W. African species, Cardiosoma armata, especially plentiful in the Nzima country of Ghana, is accounted the best crab to eat in that country. The carapace, which is dark blue above, may measure 15 cm (6") across. The legs are bright red and covered with stiff black bristles.