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Known for its tender, flavorful meat, recipes with crab are numerous and often creative. Many of these recipes specify the crab gender --- in most cases, calling for she-crabs. How can you tell the difference in gender? Look at the underside of the crab. Females have a triangle-shaped marking in the center of the shell; a long spire marks males. Check the crabs you are using for your recipes to be sure you have the right gender.