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Velvet swimcrab

Order Decapoda
Family Portunidae

Marine decapod crustacean. Wide caparace, with about 8-10 small teeth between the eyes. The first pair of legs finish in strong pincers. The caparace and the legs are covered with an abundant hair that gives them a velvety appearance. Brown color; legs and pincers with zones without hair, blue, and red joints; red eye peduncles. It measures up to 8 cm.

FAO code
Necora puber
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
may jun jul aug sep oct nov
International denominations
Germany Wollige Schwimmkrabbe
France Etrille
Italy Necora
Portugal Navalheira felpuda
United Kingdom Velvet swimcrab
Fishing areas
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