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Claw morphology and feeding rates of introduced European green crabs (Carcinus maenas L, 1758) and native dungeness crabs (Cancer magister Dana, 1852).

ABSTRACT Claw morphology and prey consumption rates of two estuarine crab species were compared: the introduced European green crab, Carcinus maenas, and the native Dungeness crab, Cancer magister. For crabs of similar weight, both the crusher and cutter claws of C. maenas were larger and exhibited higher mechanical advantage values of the claw lever system than C. magister. The mechanical advantages of C. maenas crusher and cutter claws are 0.37 and 0.30 respectively versus 0.25 for the claws of C. magister. To evaluate the feeding rates of similar-size crabs of each species on prey varying in shell thickness, we conducted laboratory feeding trials. Each crab was offered thin-shelled mussels (Mytilus trossulus, 3040 mm) or thicker shelled native oysters (Ostrea lurida, 40,50 mm), and the number of consumed prey items was recorded. When offered mussels, subadult C. magister ate significantly more prey per day (7.2 prey/day) than adult C. maenas (5.4 prey/day). However, when crabs were offered harder shelled native oysters, C. maenas, with their more robust claws, were more capable of crushing them than C. magister, with their more delicate claws. Although C. maenas is competitively dominant to similar-size juvenile C. magister, the per capita feeding rate and predatory impacts of these 2 species depends on prey type.

KEY WORDS: Carcinus maenas, Cancer magister, claw morphology, prey consumption, feeding rates, mechanical advantage, Mytilus trossulus, Ostrea lurida, green crab, Dungeness crab


Crabs are major predators of shellfish (Menzel & Hopkins 1955, Parsons 1974, Walne & Davies 1977, Dare et al. 1983). This is also true for the northwest coast of North America. Crab predators on hard-shelled prey include two species of small shore crabs: Hemigrapsus spp. and a number of Cancer species (Quayle 1988). Although newly planted shellfish are vulnerable to all these crabs species, larger Cancer crabs such as the red rock crab, Cancer productus (Randall, 1839), are capable of opening even market-size clams, mussels, and oysters (Boulding 1984, Smith et al. 1999). The recent arrival of the European green crab, Carcinus maenas (L. 1758), on the west coast of North America adds another shellfish predator to estuarine communities (Cohen et al. 1995, Grosholz & Ruiz 1995, Behrens Yamada & Gillespie 2008).

The European green crab, C. maenas, a native to Europe, southern Iceland, and North Africa, has established self-maintaining populations in South Africa, eastern Australia, Tasmania, Argentina, and on both coasts of North America (Say 1817, Le Roux et al. 1990, Cohen et al. 1995, Grosholz & Ruiz 1995, Ahyong 2005, Hidalgo et al. 2005). Its success as a global invader can be traced to its wide tolerances to temperature, salinity, and desiccation, as well its ability to thrive on a diversity of prey organisms and substrate types (Wallace 1973, Eriksson et al. 1975, Cohen et al. 1995). When abundant, C. maenas can prevent the establishment of bivalves, snails, urchins, and barnacles through direct predation (Kitching et al. 1959, Muntz et al. 1965, Menge 1983, Jensen & Jensen 1985, Janke 1990). The digging activities of C. maenas while foraging can disrupt nematode communities in mud habitats and can interfere with attempts to reestablish native eel grass transplants (Davis et al. 1998, Schratzberger & Warwick 1999).

The arrival of C. maenas to the Pacific coast of North America could have severe ecological and economical repercussions on oysters, clams, mussels, and juvenile English sole if the abundance and distribution of this new predator were to increase (Lafferty & Kuris 1996, Jamieson et al. 1998, Grosholz et al. 2000). The mild winters of the Pacific coast allow C. maenas to reach sexual maturity within its first year, as opposed to 2 or 3 y for northern Europe and Maine (Behrens Yamada et al. 2005), thus allowing populations to increase rapidly during warm ocean conditions. For example, densities of C. maenas in some protected inlets on the west coast of Vancouver Island built up to more than 20 per trap after the mild winters of 2005 and 2006 (Gillespie et al. 2007, Gillespie pers. comm.)

In addition to being an efficient predator on bivalves, C. maenas also has the potential to impact negatively smaller individuals of native crabs through competition and predation. After the arrival of C. maenas, the abundance of the native the shore crab, Hemigrapsus oregonensis (Dana 1851), declined on the mudflats of Bodega Harbor, CA (Grosholz et al. 2000). Similar declines in other native species along the west coast of North America could occur after C. maenas becomes more abundant. The Dungeness crab, Cancer magister (Dana 1852), is of particular concern because it is the most valuable shellfish species (>$100 million/y) and because its juveniles rear in estuarine mudflats, where they overlap in habitat use with adult green crabs (Behrens Yamada 2001). The exclusion from this nursery habitat by the invading green crab could have a devastating effect on the Dungeness fishery. Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that, when in direct competition, C. maenas consistently displaces similar-size C. magister from shelters, and wins nocturnal foraging trials for fresh, damaged clams (McDonald et al. 2001). The competition for resources can be further examined by analyzing type and amount of food consumption by each species, in an effort to understand better their respective per capita prey consumption in the ecosystem.

The consumption rate of hard-shelled prey by crabs is a function of many factors, including water temperature, physiological condition, and hunger level of the crabs, claw size and morphology, as well as behavioral and mechanical defenses of the prey. Stronger claws allow crabs to access shelled prey at a faster rate, hence allowing a higher consumption rate. Behrens Yamada and Boulding (1998) demonstrated that crabs with greater propal height (a proxy for closer muscle mass) and higher mechanical advantage of the claw lever system crush snail shells more quickly than crabs with weaker claws. C. maenas possess 2 claws of differing morphology: a slender cutter claw and a larger crusher claw, with mechanical advantages of 0.26 and 0.36, respectively (Warner et al. 1982). The 2 monomorphic claws of C. magister are more slender and of lower mechanical advantage (0.26) than the crusher claw of C. maenas (Taylor 2001) (Fig. l). Therefore, based on these differing claw characteristics and the competitive advantage of similar sized C. maenas over C. magister (McDonald et al. 2001), we hypothesize that C. maenas will have a higher average prey consumption rate than C. magister of similar size. To test this hypothesis, we initiated the following studies. First, a comparison of claw morphology, closer muscle mass, and mechanical advantage of C. maenas and C. magister of similar weight. Although the claw characteristics of both species have been described in separate studies (Warner et al. 1982, Taylor 2001), we compare similar-size specimens of both species, collected from the same Oregon estuaries. Second, a comparison of prey consumption rates on the common, thin-shelled bay mussel Mytilus trossulus, Gould 1850. Data exist on prey consumption rates by C. maenas on various prey species, but so far no study has compared similar-size crabs of the 2 species under the same laboratory conditions. And third, a comparison of the relative ability of the 2 crab species to break harder shelled native oysters (Ostrea lurida, Carpenter 1864 = Ostrea conchaphila, Carpenter 1857). Palacios and Ferraro (2003) have shown that C. maenas prefer O. lurida over three other commercial bivalve species. Attempts to reestablish O. lurida to its former range could be thwarted if they are more vulnerable to the new predator, C. maenas, than to native Cancer magister.



Individuals of C. maenas and C. magister were collected from the Oregon coast using folding Fukui fish traps (Fukui North America, Eganville, Ontario, Canada) (63 x 46 x 23 cm; 16-mm mesh) with expandable (45-cm) slits. Traps were typically deployed for 24 h using fresh or frozen fish as bait. Only male intermolt crabs of both species with intact claws were selected for our study. Because crabs cease feeding prior to molting, we excluded crabs that did not feed. Crabs were weighed and their carapace widths and claw characteristics measured using digital calipers. Carapace width for C. maenas was measured as the distance between the tips of the last spines (tip to tip) and for C. magister between the notches behind the last spines (notch to notch), because these are the measurements that are typically reported in the literature. The equation y = 0.910x + 0.482 ([R.sup.2] = 0.995) expresses the relationship between notch-to-notch (y) and point-to-point (x) carapace widths for C. maenas (Gillespie et al. 2007).

Claw Comparisons

We compared the claw morphology of 15 similar-size C. maenas and C. magister (mean [+ or -] 95% confidence interval (CI), 168 [+ or -]: 10 g). After freezing the animals, we severed their claws, examined the dentition of the cutting surfaces, and measured propal height, propal length, propal depth, dactyl length (L2), and the distance from the claw's pivot to the insertion of the closer muscle apodeme (L1; Fig. 2). To compare closer muscle mass between the species directly, we steamed the claws for 5 min then removed and weighed the closer muscles.

Propal height, or the maximum height of the claw, is a proxy for closer muscle mass, and can thus be used to predict claw closing force within a species (Behrens Yamada & Boulding 1998, Taylor 2001). In addition to the 15 crabs we dissected, we also examined the relationship between propal height and the wet weight for a size spectrum of the live crabs we trapped.

Mechanical advantage is a measure of claw leverage, calculated from the ratio of two lever arms (Warner & Jones 1976) (Fig. 2). The first lever arm (L1) is a measure of the distance between the claw's pivot (P) and the insertion point of the closer muscle apodeme (F1). The second lever arm (L2) is defined as the distance from the pivot to the tip of the dactyl, or dactyl length. We calculated the mechanical advantage for the cutter and crusher claws of C. maenas and for the right and left claws of C. magister. The crushing force applied at the tip of the claw's fingers (F2) is a function of the pulling force exerted by the closer muscle at the point of insertion of the closer apodeme (F1), and the mechanical advantage of the claw's lever system (Fig. 2).


Laboratory Feeding Trial on Mussels

To compare the relative consumption rates of C. maenas and C. magister on thin-shelled mussels, we conducted laboratory feeding trials in free-flowing indoor tanks (118 x 40 x 30 cm). C. maenas (80-92 mm in carapace width; mean weight [+ or -] 95% CI, 163 [+ or -] 8 g) and C. magister (99 110 mm, mean weight [+ or -] 95% CI, 160 [+ or -]) were collected and individually housed in sealed minnow traps (37 x 21 cm, 0.5-cm mesh) inside tanks. Temperature remained at 12 [+ or -] 0.5[degrees]C and salinity at 33 [+ or -] 0.5 [per thousand]. Because light influences feeding behavior of crabs (Robles 1987), the tanks were covered with black plastic sheets.

Crabs were acclimated to laboratory conditions inside the minnow traps and offered mussels, M. trossulus, ad libitum for at least 2 wk prior to data collection to standardize hunger levels. Crabs that molted, did not feed, or that crushed shells indiscriminately without eating the meat were rejected. We offered each crab 15 mussels ranging in size from 30~0 mm (average shell thickness, 0.69 mm; average dry tissue weight, 0.22 g). At the end of 24 h, the shells of the eaten mussels were removed, tanks and cages were cleaned, and 15 new mussels were offered. This procedure was repeated for a total of 7 consecutive days.

We calculated the mean number of mussels consumed by each crab over the 7-day experiment and used a 2-sample t-test to examine the difference in mean daily consumption rate between C. maenas and C. magister. The assumptions of normality and homogenous variance were visually evaluated using QQ plots, frequency histograms, and box plots. Transformations failed to normalize the data, but the variances appeared similar, thus we analyzed the untransformed values.

Laboratory Feeding Trial on Native Oysters

Because native oysters, O. lurida, are a preferred prey of C. maenas (Palacios & Ferraro 2003), we set up feeding trials to determine the relative vulnerability of O. lurida to the two crab species. We used the same procedure as the previous laboratory trials, except that trials lasted 2-3 days and we used crabs of similar claw length (mean dactyl length, 29 ram) rather than weight, thus giving C. magister a 1.6 times size advantage (mean live weight, 248 g vs. 151 g). This was done because few C. magister less than 110 mm in carapace width could be found. Market-size native oysters 40-50 mm in length (average shell thickness, 1.21 mm; average dry tissue weight, 0.35 g) were fed to 15 crabs of each species. Crabs were initially offered 4 oysters each, but when only one C. magister ate only I oyster and only 9 C. maenas ate 16 oysters in 2 days, we offered each crab 5 oysters and 5 mussels for 3 trials. This was done to allow crabs to obtain some nutrition from mussels while introducing them to oysters. Then for the next 3 trials, crabs were each offered 10 oysters. We noted the number of each prey item consumed by each crab in mixed-prey and oyster-only trials. We averaged the oyster consumption per crab per day for the mixed-prey and oyster-only trials and calculated the 95% CI of the mean. We analyzed untransformed data and tested for significant differences in the mixed-prey consumption rate between the 2 crab species using a 2-sample t-test. Differences in mean consumption rate of the oyster-only trials were analyzed using a Welch's 2-sample t-test, because these variances were not homogenous.


Claw Comparisons

The claws of C. maenas and C. magister vary markedly in size, morphology, and muscle mass (Fig. l, Table 1). The propal heights of the crusher claws of C. maenas are significantly greater than the 2 monomorphic claws of C. magister for crabs ranging in live weight from 80-220 g (Fig. 3). For example, C. magister has to weigh more than twice as much as C. maenas for the claws to exhibit similar propal heights. The cutter claws of C. maenas are of intermediate size, falling in between the regressions of C. maenas crusher claws and the monomorphic claws of C. magister (Fig. 3).

Detailed claw analysis of the 2 species shows that the propus and dactyl characteristics of C. maenas crusher claws were highest, followed in descending order by C. maenas cutter claws, and the right and left claws of C. magister (Table 1). Likewise, the mechanical advantage of the claws' lever systems exhibit the same ranking: C. maenas crusher claws (mean, 0.368 [+ or -] 0.14) were greater than Carcinus cutter claws (0.297 [+ or -] 0.009) and the right and left claws of C. magister (0.255 [+ or -] 0.009; Table 1). A similar pattern was found for the weight of steamed closer muscle mass (Table 1). The average weight of the closer muscle of the C. maenas crusher (3.9 g) was significantly greater than that of the C. maenas cutter (2.0 g) and the right (1.7 g) and left (1.5 g) claws of C. magister (Table 1).

The occlusal ridges of the cutter claw of C. maenas and the claws of C. magister consist of single rows of denticles (Fig. 1). The denticle alignment in C. magister is such that when the claw is closed, the opposing teeth form a zigzag pattern. This type of morphology is adaptive for cutting, shearing, and shredding of soft prey (Brown et al. 1979). The dentition of the crusher claw of C. maenas appears similar in profile, but upon closer examination, it exhibits a ridge of denticles that is very broad near the fulcrum and tapers down to the tip such that the proximal teeth are ~3.5 times deeper than the most distal tooth. This placement of wide proximal molars next to the fulcrum of the claw creates an efficient grinding surface. When the crusher claw closes, it forms a gap between the 2 occlusal surfaces. This gap would aid in the crushing of bulkier, nonplanar objects such as molluscs (Brown et al. 1979).

Laboratory Feeding Trial on Mussels

When similar-size C. maenas and C. magister were offered thin-shelled mussels, C. magister consumed significantly more mussels per day than C. maenas of similar weight (Fig. 4). Individual C. magister ate 5-9 mussels per day, with an average of 7.22 [+ or -] 0.22 mussels per day, whereas C. maenas ate from 4~7 mussels per day, with an average of 5.41 [+ or -] 0.13 mussels per day (t = 14.7, df = 32, P < 0.0001; Fig. 4). Given an average dry weight of 0.22 g per mussel, the dry biomass consumption rate was 1.6 g and 1.2 g per day, respectively.

Laboratory Feeding Trials on Native Oysters

The number of oysters eaten per crab during the 17 days for both the mixed-prey and oyster-only trials varied greatly, ranging from 0 1.2 oyster per crab per day for C. maenas and 0-1.0 oyster per crab per day for C. magister. Both species of crabs in the mixed-prey trials consumed the mussels before they attacked the oysters. Of the 5 mussels offered per trial, C. maenas ate an average of 4.9 and C. magister ate an average of 4.4. Mussel consumption in these 2-3-day trials represents less than the crabs' daily metabolic requirement, thus crabs were still motivated to feed on oysters. After feeding on mussels, C. maenas ate an additional 0.43 oyster and C. magister an additional 0.20 oyster per crab per day (Fig. 5). This difference was not statistically significant (t = 1.99, df- 28, P = 0.056). But when only oysters were offered, C. maenas ate significantly more oysters per crab per day than C. magister (Fig. 5; t = 2.60, df = 26.4, P = 0.0149).



For crabs of similar weight, all the metrics suggest that the crusher claw of C. maenas is significantly bigger and more powerful than the 2 monomorphic claws of C. magister. For example, the propal height and muscle mass for C. maenas crusher claws are 1.4 times and 2.6 times as great as those for the claws of C. magister. In addition, the crusher claw of C. maenas also has a higher mechanical advantage (0.368) than the claws of C. magister (0.255). The cutter claws of C. maenas are intermediate in size and mechanical advantage (0.297). These mechanical advantage values are similar to those reported by Warner et al. (1982), Taylor (2001), and Mitchell et al. (2003), with the exception of the cutter claw of C. maenas. The higher value that we observed could be linked to the larger size of our crabs. Preston et al. (1996) measured the claw closing forces generated at the tips of both claws of a 50-mm C. maenas and found that the crusher claw was twice as strong as the cutter (88 N vs. 44 N).



Biomechanical analyses of decapods crustacean claws have shown that it is mechanically impossible to design a claw that is both fast and strong (Alexander 1968, Warner 1977). Claws that are long relative to their height have high tip velocity per unit distance contracted by the muscle attached to the apodeme, but low mechanical advantage. These types of claws are typically found in crabs that feed on soft, moving prey such as worms, crustaceans, and small molluscs. Strong claws, on the other hand, have greater propal heights and a higher mechanical advantage. Crabs that specialize on hard prey have a mechanical advantage of 0.33 or higher, whereas those with a more generalized diet have a mechanical advantage of less than 0.33 (Behrens Yamada & Boulding 1998). The crusher claw of C. maenas, with a mechanical advantage of 0.368, falls into the range of shell-crushing specialists such as Cancer pagurus (L, 1758), Cancer productus, and Lophopanopeus bellus (Stimpson, 1860). The cutter claw of C. maenas and both claws of C. magister fall into the range of shell-crushing generalists such as Liocarcinus depurator (L 1758) and Hemigrapsus oregonensis (Behrens Yamada & Boulding 1998, Schenk & Wainright 2001). Because C. maenas has both a strong claw with crushing surfaces and a fast claw adapted for cutting, it is possible that this dual tool set might give this species a competitive advantage by being able to exploit a wider range of prey items. For example, the lobster Homarus americanus (Milne Edwards, 1837) has been observed to crush molluscs with it crusher claw and to catch fish with its cutter claw (Govind & Blundon 1985).

Because the crushing force applied at the tip of the claw's fingers is a function of the pulling force exerted by the closer muscle and the mechanical advantage of the claw's lever system, we expect that the crusher claw of C. maenas, with its larger closer muscle mass and higher mechanical advantage, to be significantly stronger than the cutter claw and the monomorphic claws of C. magister. However, having stronger claws did not translate into higher consumption rates when the prey was thinner shelled mussels. C. maenas ate an average of 5.4 mussels, whereas C. magister ate 7.2 mussels per day. Lee and Seed (1992) found that it takes 43 68-ram C. maenas less than a minute to break 20-mm-long mussels (Mytilus edulus, L 1758). Because none of our crabs had any difficulty crushing the thin-shelled mussels, the difference in consumption rate can be linked to the differential metabolic requirements of the 2 species. Adult C. maenas typically molt no more than once a year (Behrens Yamada et al. 2005), whereas subadult and young adult C. magister are still actively growing. For example, only C. magister molted in our feeding trials. Bioenergetic models for both crab species in Willapa Bay, WA, reveal the same trend. Holsman et al. (2003) and McDonald et al. (2006) found that subadult and young adult C. magister (40 130 mm) require around 3 k J/ash-free dry weight/day, whereas adult C. maenas require only around 1 kJ.

Although both species of crabs were capable of opening the market-size native oysters, they both preferred smaller, softer shelled mussels. A similar preference for mussels (M. edulis) over oysters (Crassostrea gigas Thunberg, 1793) was found by Dare et al. (1983) for C. maenas in Wales. Juanes (1992) found that crabs generally select smaller and thinner bivalve prey than they are capable of crushing. Although larger prey may provide more meat, smaller prey typically require less handling time and are also less likely to damage claws (Juanes & Hartwick 1990). In the field, more than half the female C. magister showed some claw wear, and -12% exhibited 1 broken claw (Juanes & Hartwick 1990). Risk of claw damage was also a consideration in our study. One C. magister developed a chipped dactyl tip after crushing 3 oysters and then stopped feeding even on mussels. It thus appears that C. magister, with their smaller and weaker claws, are more reluctant to crush market-size native oysters than C. maenas of similar size.

One has to exercise caution when translating our findings to the field. Many factors contribute to the relative per capita prey consumption of various size classes of C. maenas and C. magister. These not only include claw size and morphology, but also type, abundance, and size composition of the targeted prey; the availability and desirability of alternative prey; crab size and metabolic condition; as well as interactions with conspecifics, competitors, and predators. Both C. maenas and C. magister are opportunistic omnivores, feeding on a wide variety of prey items throughout their developmental stages, including soft prey such as algae, annelid worms, interstitial crustaceans, nematodes, and carrion as well as hard prey such as barnacles and molluscs (Pauley et al. 1986, Cohen et al. 1995). Although adult C. maenas consumed fewer mussels than actively growing C. magister of similar size, smaller juveniles of both species would have similar metabolic requirements and potentially could act as ecological equivalents when it comes to per capita impact on small soft-shelled prey species. For example, dramatic declines in small native clams (Nutricula tantilla, Gould 1853 and Nutricula confuse, Gray 1982) were linked to the arrival C. maenas in Bodega Harbor, CA (Grosholz et al. 2000) and also to unusually strong recruitment of young C. magister in Coos Bay, OR (Asson-Batres 1986).

Thus, either crab species, if abundant enough, can alter community structure. The higher tolerance of C. maenas to desiccation would allow this invader to occupy the mid and high intertidal zones, where prey species enjoyed a partial spatial refuge from predation by 5 species of larger adult Cancer crabs (Behrens Yamada & Boulding 1996, Hunt & Behrens Yamada 2003, Jensen et al. 2007; DiBacco, pers. comm.). The presence of an abundant C. maenas population could have a devastating impact on many intertidal species. This would be especially true for young native oysters living on gently sloping mud and gravel beaches. We recommend that future studies examine the vulnerability of a wide size spectrum of native oyster and other bivalves to various sizes and species of crab predators in the laboratory and in the field.


The authors are grateful to Timothy Sullivan for drawing Figure 1, Jennifer Yamada for creating Figure 2, and Amanda Amstutz for helping with the mussel feeding experiment. Laboratory space was provided by the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and native oysters were supplied from Oregon Oyster Farms. Amy Schoener and Scott Groth provided valuable comments on a previous version of this manuscript. Sarah Fisher received an Oregon Sea Grant undergraduate research stipend for working on the mussel feeding trials (award no. NA06OAR4170010, project no. E/INT-86) from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce, and by appropriations made by the Oregon state legislature. Transportation costs for the oyster trials and the claw morphology study were covered by Pacific Marine Fisheries Commission. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of these funders.


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Comparisons (mean [+ or -] 95% CI) of claw characteristics of
similar-sized Carcinus maenas and Cancer magister.

                                          C. maenas

                                    A                      B
Claw Characteristics             Crusher                 Cutter

Propal length (mm)         57.81 [+ or -] 2.27    53.81 [+ or -] 1.82
Propal height (mm)         27.40 [+ or -] 0.78    22.89 [+ or -] 0.85
Propal depth (mm)          17.74 [+ or -] 0.63    14.65 [+ or -] 0.53
L1 (mm)                    10.95 [+ or -] 0.49     8.65 [+ or -] 0.55
Dactyl length or L2 (mm)   29.71 [+ or -] 1.04    28.78 [+ or -] 1.28
Mechanical Advantage
  (L1/L2)                  0.368 [+ or -] 0.014   0.297 [+ or -] 0.009
Closer muscle mass (g)      3.93 [+ or -] 0.47     2.04 [+ or -] 0.29

                                         C. magister

                                    C                      D
Claw Characteristics              Right                   Left

Propal length (mm)         47.74 [+ or -] 19.5    47.69 [+ or -] 1.96
Propal height (mm)         19.00 [+ or -] 0.64    18.96 [+ or -] 0.80
Propal depth (mm)          10.59 [+ or -] 0.43    10.59 [+ or -] 0.40
L1 (mm)                     6.52 [+ or -] 0.28     6.38 [+ or -] 0.30
Dactyl length or L2 (mm)   25.36 [+ or -] 0.93    25.06 [+ or -] 1.07
Mechanical Advantage
  (L1/L2)                  0.258 [+ or -] 0.008   0.252 [+ or -] 0.009
Closer muscle mass (g)      1.66 [+ or -] 0.25     1.46 [+ or -] 0.23

                              Similarity (=)
                               or Difference
Claw Characteristics        (>) between Columns

Propal length (mm)             A > B > C = D
Propal height (mm)             A > B > C = D
Propal depth (mm)              A > B > C = D
L1 (mm)                        A > B > C = D
Dactyl length or L2 (mm)       A = B > C = D
Mechanical Advantage
  (L1/L2)                      A > B > C = D
Closer muscle mass (g)         A > B = C; C = D
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