Common Name: Blue crab, Flower Crab
Portunus pelagicus, also known as the flower crab, blue crab, blue swimmer crab, blue manna crab or sand crab, is a large crab found in the intertidal estuaries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Middle-Eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
The name “flower crab” is used in east Asian countries while the latter names are used in Australia. The crabs are widely distributed in eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
The species is commercially important throughout the Indo-Pacific where they may be sold as traditional hard shells, or as “soft shelled” crabs, which are considered a delicacy throughout Asia. The species is highly prized as the meat is almost as sweet as the blue crab
Substitute: Atlantic Blue Crab