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A crab (Bathynectes longipes)

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

Summary

Description

A crab, brilliant reddish brown in colour that sometimes has darker blotches. The carapace is broader than long and the surface is minutely granular. The pincered legs are unequal in size.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

East Channel, Channel Isles, Plymouth, Scilly Isles, Bristol Channel and St Kilda.

Global distribution

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Habitat

Found from 28-91 m.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Frontal margin with a very shallow pair of sub-median lobes, median lobe absent.
  • Antero-lateral teeth strongly curved forward, alternating slightly in size, first and second lobate.
  • Chelipeds unequal in size, dactylus of smaller cheliped with four carinae, usually absent on larger cheliped.
  • Second to fourth pereiopods somewhat compressed.

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Bibliography

  1. 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.]

  2. Ingle, R.W., 1980. British Crabs. Oxford: British Museum (Natural History), Oxford University Press.

  3. McLeod, C.R., Yeo, M., Brown, A.E., Burn, A.J., Hopkins, J.J. & Way, S.F. (ed.), 2002. The Habitats Directive: selection of Special Areas of Conservation in the UK. 2nd edn. http://www.jncc.gov.uk/SACselection, 2002-10-04

Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2002. Bathynectes longipes A 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/1238

Last Updated: 11/10/2002