Reproductive Biology

Mating occurs when the female crab is in her soft-shell condition. Prior to molting she is carried by a male who grasps her by the claws in a face-to-face position. Fertilization is external,

Pinnotheres pisum Paralithodes camtschaticus

with the male crab using the reduced fifth pair of legs to spread sperm onto the female's pleopods. The eggs are extruded immediately after mating but take nearly a year to hatch; depending on the size of the female the clutches range from 150,000-400,000 eggs. Larval development consists of four zoeal stages followed by a megalops, which settles out in structurally complex habitats.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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