Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Proceedings of the National Shellfisheries Association
Oysters with and without pea crabs were compared for growth and fatness. Measurements included volume, wet and dry meat weight, and shell cavity volume. Oysters with crabs contained less eat per unit of shell cavity volume than those without crabs but per cent water content was similar. Incidence of pea crabs in the lower James, York and Rappahannock rivers from 1953-1958 varied from 6 to 22 per cent.
Haven, Dexter, Effects of pea crabs, Pinnotheres ostreum, on oysters Crassostrea virginica (1959). Proceedings of the National Shellfisheries Association, 49, 77-86.