BIOTIC Species Information for Liocarcinus depurator
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandAll British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionDistributed from Norway to West Africa including the Mediterranean.
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth range0 - 450 m
MigratoryInsufficient info.   
Distribution Additional Information
  • Salinity: Liocarcinus depurator is essentially a marine species although a few individuals were found at the lower reaches of the Forth estuary where salinity varied between 24-35 psu (Mathieson & Berry, 1997).

Substratum preferencesMuddy gravel
Muddy sand
Fine clean sand
Coarse clean sand
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Strait / sound
Ria / Voe
Biological zoneSublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Circalittoral Offshore
Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flowModerately Strong (1-3 kn)
Weak (<1 kn)
Very Weak (negligible)
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward et al., 1996, Ingle, 1997, Mathieson & Berry, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1990, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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