Porcelain Crab

Porcellana platycheles


A small crab, covered in hairs, with very broad front claws. The Porcelain Crab (also known as the 'Broad-clawed Porcelain Crab') lives under rocks, among mud and gravel, on the middle and lower shore. This crab filter feeds.

How to identify

A tiny, hairy crab with broad, flattened front claws. Greyish-green on the back and off-white underneath.

Where to find it

Found all around our coasts.


When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Crustaceans provide a vital link in the food chain for many of our rarer species. Our seas and coastline are in need of protection if we are to keep our marine wildlife healthy. The Wildlife Trusts are working with fishermen, researchers, politicians and local people towards a vision of 'Living Seas', where marine wildlife thrives. This work has recently had a massive boost with the passing of the Marine Bill, promising sustainable development of the UK's marine environment. Do your bit for our Living Seas by supporting your local Wildlife Trust.

Species information

Common name
Porcelain Crab
Latin name
Porcellana platycheles
Barnacles, crabs, shrimps and lobster
Length: 15mm
Conservation status