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Rare blue crab — half male, half female — featured at Delmarva museum

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A rare blue crab will be the most recent addition to the Delmarva Discovery Museum. 

The crab is a bilateral gynandromorph, meaning its half male and half female.

Crab genders are often distinguished by the shape of their apron, which is found on the underside of the creature. A male apron is smaller, narrower and more pointed, while females possess a bigger, wider, more rounded apron. 

The bilateral gynandromorph has all of these qualities, with its apron divided in half down the center. 

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The crab was donated by local waterman Jerry Smith of Smith Island. Smith has crabbed for about 40 years in the Chesapeake Bay and immediately recognized the uniqueness of the bilateral gynandromorph. 

Guests can view the crab in an aquarium at the Delmarva Discovery Museum in Pocomoke City. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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