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Marbled swimming crab (Liocarcinus marmoreus)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A distinctive crab with a variable colour pattern of reddish-yellow and light brown. The body is smooth and grows up to 35 mm long with three small, similar sized teeth between the eyes. It is host to the parasitic barnacle Sacculina carcini in some areas.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Recorded from various locations around Britain and Ireland.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found on fine sands and gravel on the lower shore and sublittoral.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Front with three similar teeth, the middle often the shortest.
  • Cheliped carpus has no tooth on outer edge.
  • Frontal margin with three similar-sized lobes.

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Bibliography

  1. Hayward, P., Nelson-Smith, T. & Shields, C. 1996. Collins pocket guide. Sea shore of Britain and northern Europe. London: HarperCollins.

  2. Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  3. Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]

  4. JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee), 1999. Marine Environment Resource Mapping And Information Database (MERMAID): Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database. [on-line] http://www.jncc.gov.uk/mermaid

  5. National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Atlas website. Available from: http://www.nbnatlas.org.  Accessed 01 April 2017

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2008. Liocarcinus marmoreus Marbled swimming crab. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: http://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1173

Last Updated: 17/04/2008