National Aquarium: Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)

Learn more about blue crabs!

Did you know that blue crabs’ scientific name, Callinectes sapidus, is derived from Greek and Latin and means “savory and beautiful swimmer?” An adult male blue crab is called a “jimmy,” an adult female is called a “sook” and an immature female is called a “sally.”


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Crabs, Lobsters, Shrimp, & Krill
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