What is chela?

chela meaning a pinching claw of a decapod crustacean, composed of a moveable finger, the dactylus, and a fixed finger, a distal extension of the propodus

Image of a lobster
The large pinching claw of this crustacean is the chela. The entire leg bearing the chela is termed the cheliped. (Photo: NOAA)


reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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