BIOTIC Species Information for Liocarcinus holsatus
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Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific nameLiocarcinus holsatus Common nameFlying crab
MCS CodeS1581 Recent SynonymsMacropius holsatus

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassEucarida OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyPortunidae
GenusLiocarcinus Speciesholsatus
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward et al., 1996, Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodPredator
Scavenger
Mobility/MovementSwimmer
Crawler
Burrower
Environmental positionEpifaunal
Infaunal
Typical food typesCarrion, invertebrates such as polychaetes, small bivalves, echinoderms, small crustaceans and also juvenile fish HabitFree living
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
HeightNot researched Growth RateNot Researched
Adult dispersal potential>10km DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Ingle, 1980, Crothers & Crothers, 1988, Groenewold & Fronds, 2000, Choy, 1986, Venema & Creutzberg, 1973, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on all British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from Norway to the Shetlands and south to Spain and the Canary Isles.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth range6 - 350 m
MigratorySeasonal (environment)   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Large to very large boulders
Gravel / shingle
Mixed
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Strait / sound
Sealoch
Ria / Voe
Estuary
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneLower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Circalittoral Offshore
Bathybenthic (Bathyal)
Wave exposureField unresearched
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward et al., 1996, NBN, 2002, JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Ingle, 1980, Venema & Creutzberg, 1973, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonNot researched Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life span6-10 years Age at reproductive maturity1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeInternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodNot researched
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Mente, 2008, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Ingle, 1980, Crothers & Crothers, 1988, Choy, 1991, Choy, 1988, Julie Bremner, unpub data,
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