“Seko-Gani” Snow Crab Female

Snow crab female is very smaller than the male, so each called a different name.

Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female

Snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) female is called the different name from the male, and additionally they have a various name according to region.

Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female

 


Zuwai-Gani,    Matsuba-Gani,    Echizen-Gani
Taiza-Gani,     Tsuiyama-Gani,   Kano-Gani


Seko-Gani,    Seiko,    Koppe-Gani,    Kobako-Gani
Oya-Gani,    Haha-Gani

 

It would be evidence that have been loved for a long time.

Snow crab fishery right now is open season.
The Season of female is shorter than the male for spawning protection.

 

<Open time of this season>

♂  from November 6, 2015 to 20 March 20, 2016
* if immediately after molting  January 20 to February 29

♀  from November 6, 2015 to December 31, 2015

Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female
Female carries two type of eggs.
– fertilized egg :       called “Sotoko” in Japanese,  外子 literally “outside child”
– unfertilized egg :  called “Uchiko” in Japanese,  内子 literally “inside child”

 

“Sotoko” (boiled)
“Uchiko” part of the orange yellow (boiled)
Boiled Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female
Boiled Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female
Female snow crab are able to store spermium in spermatophore sac(受精嚢), which is per left and right ends of “Uchiko”, and fertilize subsequent egg clutches without mating.

 

A few days until the end of the ban period, enjoy the taste of snow crab female.

Boiled Seko-Gani, Snow Crab Female

 

・Zuwai-Gani
is a snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) male. 楚蟹(ずわいがに) literally “slender crab”
It is known as “Matsuba-gani” 松葉ガニ(まつばがに),  “Echizen-Gani” 越前がに(えちぜんがに),  “Taiza-Gani” 間人ガニ(たいざがに),  “Tsuiyama-Gani” 津居山ガニ (ついやまがに),  “Kano-Gani” 加能ガニ(かのうがに).

・Seko-Gani
is a snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) female. せこがに
It is known as “Koppe-Gani” こっぺがに,  “Kobako-Gani” 香箱がに(こうばこがに),  “Oya-Gani” 親がに(おやがに),  “Haha-Gani” 母がに (ははがに).