Velvet swimming crab (Necora puber)

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Researched byEmily Wilson Refereed byAdmin
Authority(Linnaeus, 1767)
Other common names- SynonymsLiocarcinus puber (Linnaeus, 1767), Portunus puber (Linnaeus, 1767)

Summary

Description

A fast moving swimming crab, blue in colour but obscured by a brown pubescence with red prominences. The dorsal surface has a finely velvety texture and the eyes are red. It grows to about 8 cm.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

All British and Irish coasts.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found on stony and rock substrata intertidally and in shallow water, most abundant on moderately sheltered shores.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Carapace dorsal surface flattened and pubescent.
  • Frontal margin with up to 10 narrow unequal teeth, middle two often larger.
  • Antero-lateral margin with five sharp, forward-pointing teeth.
  • Chelipeds equal, strong, pubescent.

Additional information

Also known as the devil crab and velvet swimming crab.

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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. (ed.), 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.]

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2008. Necora puber Velvet 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/1181

Last Updated: 08/05/2008