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Swimming crab

Order Decapoda
Family Portunidae

Marine decapod crustacean. Shell pentagonal, somewhat curved and rough, with five teeth curved on each side of the front edge. Pincers large, asymmetrical. Dactyl of the last pair of broadened legs in the form of a palette. Reddish orange coloration on the back and white on the belly. Tip of the dactyl of the last pair of legs blue. Up to 4 cm in length and 5 cm in width of carapace.

FAO code
Liocarcinus depurator
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Fishing seasons
jun jul aug sep oct
International denominations
Germany Schwimmkrabbe
China 蓝腿平滑梭子蟹
Italy Granchio di strascico
Portugal Navalheira
United Kingdom Swimming crab
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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