Snow crab
ズワイガニ Zuwaigani
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Location Price
Bottom of the Ocean 4,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
14.10 inches Large, slow
Time of year Time of day
November to April All day
Scientific name Chionoecetes japonicus
Family Oregoniidae
Appearances NL
Regional names Flag of Spain Cangrejo de nieve
Flag of Italy small Granchio della neve
Flag of France small Crabe des neiges
"I got a snow crab! 'Sno problem, really!" —New Leaf

The snow crab is a benthic animal found at the bottom of the sea. It is indicated by a circular shadow. Diving is the only way of capturing the snow crab.

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In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this creature.

"Snow crabs live in the deep sea and are know mostly as a highly prized winter delicacy. When cooked, the typically dark-red shell turns to the beautiful bright-red color most commonly seen. They have a life span of 20 years and gradually grow bigger while periodically molting. If a leg is lost, it will grow back when molting occurs. The female is about half the size of the male."

Encyclopedia Information

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Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got a snow crab! 'Sno problem, really!"
Size 14 inches
Time All day
Season Winter-Spring

Further information

Main article: Snow crab on WikipediaChionoecetes is a genus of crabs that live in the northern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Other names for crabs in this genus include "queen crab" (in Canada) and "spider crab" – they are known by different names in different areas of the world. The generic name Chionoecetes means snow (χιών, chion) inhabitant (οιχητης, oiketes); opilio means shepherd, and C. opilio is the primary species referred to as snow crab. Marketing strategies, however, employ snow crab for anything in the genus Chionoecetes.

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