California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Invertebrates of Interest: Crabs

CDFW diver with sheep crab. CDFW photo by Derek Stein.

CDFW diver with sheep crab. CDFW photo by Derek Stein.

California's coastal waters are home to a multitude of invertebrates (species lacking a bony skeleton). A small fraction of these, including a variety of crab species, are actually targeted by California's recreational and commercial fisheries. In the following links, visitors can learn more about crab species identification, biology, habitat, geographic range, fishing methods, and more.

Note: Links with an asterisk (*) lead to pages outside the CDFW Marine Region website.