Dungeness Crab Pearl

by Alex

Found one about 3/16" diameter in a Dungeness Crab claw.

Researched and found this on Wikipedia:

"Biologically speaking, under the right set of circumstances, almost any shelled mollusk can produce some kind of pearl, however, most of these molluscan pearls have no luster or iridescence. The great majority of mollusk species produce pearls which are not attractive to look at, and are sometimes not even very durable, such that they usually have no value at all, except perhaps to a scientist, a collector, or as a curiosity. These objects used to be referred to as "calcareous concretions" by some gemologists, even though a malacologist would still consider them to be pearls. Valueless pearls of this type are sometimes found in edible mussels, edible oysters, escargot snails, and so on. The GIA and CIBJO now simply use the term 'pearl' (or, where appropriate, the more descriptive term 'non-nacreous pearl') when referring to such items and, under Federal Trade Commission rules, various mollusc pearls may be referred to as 'pearls' without qualification."

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Nov 18, 2009
Is a crab a mollusk?
by: Kari

Thanks, Alex,

So, the question is: Is a crab a mollusk?

Answers.com says, "Yes. A crab is a mollusk. It is an arthropod.

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