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Difference Between Bairdi crab and Opilio crab

Bairdi crab vs  Opilio crab

Bairdi crab and Opilio crab are two different crab species that are widely used the world over. Both the Bairdi crab and Opilio crab are very closely related to each other that it becomes very difficult to make out a difference between the two. Both these two crab species are fund in the Bering Sea and are harvested during the winter season.

Though Bairdi crab and Opilio crab have more similarities, they also have certain differences. Unlike the Opilio crab, Bairdi crab looks buck toothed. In Bairdi crabs, the area above maxillipeds dips down in a V whereas the area is straight in opilio crabs.

Unlike the Opilio crab, bairdi crab comes with a sweet and succulent flavor. The Bairdi crab is also less fishy than Opilio crab.

Bairdi crab and Opilio crab also have difference in their size. The Bairdi crab is slightly larger than Opilio crab. Moreover, bairdi crab comes with more meat than Opilio crab. While the Bairdi crabs have an average weight of five pounds, the Opilio crabs comes with an average weight of one pound or so. When the Bairdi crabs are known as King crabs, the Opilio crabs are known as queen crabs.

When comparing the availability, the Opilio crabs are found more than the bairdi crabs. This is because the quota for fishing Opilio crabs is much higher than Bairdi crabs. This makes Opilio crabs renowned than the Bairdi crabs.

Summary

1. Both the Bairdi crab and Opilio crab are very closely related to each other that it becomes very difficult to make out a difference between the two.

2. When comparing the availability, the Opilio crabs are found more than the bairdi crabs.

3. Unlike the Opilio crab, Bairdi crab looks buck toothed. In Bairdi crabs, the area above maxillipeds dips down in a V whereas the area is straight in opilio crabs.

4. The Bairdi crab is slightly larger than Opilio crab.

5. As the Bairdi crab comes larger, it has more meat than Opilio crab.

6. Opilio crabs are renowned than the Bairdi crabs as quota for fishing Opilio crabs is much higher than Bairdi crabs.

7. When the Bairdi crabs are known as King crabs, the Opilio crabs are known as queen crabs.

8. Unlike the Opilio crab, bairdi crab comes with a sweet and succulent flavor.


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3 Comments

  1. Bairdi crabs are not known as King crab. That would be crab from the genus Paralithodes. The most identifiable king crab are Paralithodes camtschaticus. Opilio or bairdi are sometimes referred to as Queen crab. In relation to Opilio, Bairdi are relatively scarce.

  2. Also the bairdi crab has blood red eyes where as their counterpart opilio crab have green eyes

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