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oyster crab

a pea crab, Pinnotheres ostreum, the female of which lives as a commensal within the mantle cavity of oysters.
Origin of oyster crab
1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The oyster-crab is a true messmate, and its presence in the oyster may be advantageous in helping to provide food for its host.

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oyster crab

any of several small soft-bodied crabs of the genus Pinnotheres, esp P. ostreum, that live as commensals in the mantles of oysters
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