BIOTIC Species Information for Macropodia tenuirostris
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Scientific nameMacropodia tenuirostris Common nameSlender spider crab
MCS CodeS1533 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumCrustacea Subphylum
Superclass ClassEumalacostraca
SubclassEucarida OrderDecapoda
SuborderPleocyemata FamilyInachidae
GenusMacropodia Speciestenuirostris

Additional InformationThe arrangement of spines on the upper surface are diagnostic of species of Macropodia (see Ingle 1980 & 1996 for further details).
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Ingle, 1996, Ingle, 1980, Crothers & Crothers, 1988, Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formArticulate
Feeding methodOmnivore
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Typical food types HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityNone (< 10 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightInsufficient information Growth RateInsufficient information
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationCarapace length to 16 mm (Van Noort & Adema, 1985).
Biology References Van Noort & Adema, 1985, Lebour, 1926,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandCommon around the British Isles.
Global distributionRecorded from Faeroes Bank southwards to Portugal (Hayward & Ryland, 1995b).
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeShallow water to 300 m
MigratoryInsufficient information   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Ingle, 1996, Ingle, 1980, Crothers & Crothers, 1988, NBN, 2002, JNCC, 1999,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequencyInsufficient information Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeInsufficient information FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialInsufficient information Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stage11-30 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationMost larvae reach the megalopae stage (the settling stage) within two weeks (Salman, 1981).
Reproduction References Salman, 1981, Lebour, 1926, Gonzalez-Gordillo & Rodriguez, 2001, Ingle, 1982,
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