A minute, soft-bodied crab that lives inside the shell of a bivalve mollusk, where it filters food particles from the water drawn into the shell by its host. Also called pea crab.
- Family Pinnotheridae: Pinnotheres and other genera.
- The pea crab is not normally eaten, but the oyster crab used to be regarded as a delicacy in the USA.
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Syllabification: oys·ter crab
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