Dungeness Crab

Photo Credit: ODFW


  • Species Common Name Dungeness Crab
  • Species Scientific Name Metacarcinus magister


Special needs

Dungeness crabs occur in subtidal habitat with sandy substrate.

Limiting factors

Larval supplies and episodic recruitment affect abundance and distribution. Availability of mates may be limiting.

Conservation actions

Monitor status of populations at index sites. Gather information to fill data gaps. Manage for sustainable harvest.